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Watch: Breathtaking, Ass-Kicking Teaser Trailer For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 19, 2011 at 4:04AM

While we finally got "The Dark Knight Rises" official teaser trailer earlier today and with spots for "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" due this week, it looks like Wong Kar-Wai has come out of nowhere and kicked all kinds of superhero ass.
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While we finally got "The Dark Knight Rises" official teaser trailer earlier today and with spots for "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" due this week, it looks like Wong Kar-Wai has come out of nowhere and kicked all kinds of superhero ass.

Just like that, a teaser trailer for his long-gestating and oft-delayed "The Grandmasters" has hit the web and it doesn't hold back the sizzle. The picture, starring Tony Leung (who looks fantastic) and Zhang Ziyi, is a biopic of Yip Man, the first martial artist to teach Wing Chun, and the man who trained Bruce Lee, among many others. The film popped up for buyers to take a look at in February at Berlin Film Festival, and images from the film have also hit in the early part of the year. But this is our first taste of actual footage and it looks downright incredible. The seventy-second long clip is a rain-soaked fight scene that seems almost staged like a widescreen musical, with a flurry of fists and kicks coming right at you and sending bodies flying. That video quality is lacking and a bit dark so we hope that an HD version is around the corner.

Other than that, the film remains a bit of mystery. Earlier this year, it was reported that "The Grandmasters" would not be finished until the end of 2011, but with this first teaser trailer hitting, could Wong Kar-Wai be readying the film for the fall festival circuit? Lord, we hope so. Megan Ellison currently holds the U.S. rights to the flick and will be looking to pair up with a distributor. It's likely no one else is coming aboard until they get a better a look, but from this peek alone, you can bet Ellison's phone is going to start buzzing. Check it out below. [Vlicious!]

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