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Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Running Time Will Test Patience For Those Who Think Movies Are Too Long Now

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 2, 2013 at 5:17PM

This awards season, certain corners of the internet have been complaining that movies are just too darn long. "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Amour" and "This Is 40" all broke the 2 hour mark. And some fidgety reporters who seemingly can't sit still for more than a couple hours will be disappointed that one of 2013's most eagerly awaited movies will test their bathroom break-timing.
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The Grandmaster Tony Leung

This awards season, certain corners of the internet have been complaining that movies are just too darn long. "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Amour" and "This Is 40" all broke the 2 hour mark. And some fidgety reporters who seemingly can't sit still for more than a couple hours will be disappointed that one of 2013's most eagerly awaited movies will test their bathroom break-timing.

Over on Twitter, Love HK Film editor Kevin Ma has pointed over to Hong Kong's Newport Circuit theater site, which reveals the runtime for Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" as 133 minutes. It makes it his second longest film behind "2046," so don't order the jumbo soda, guys. The film has been a long time coming, featuring for the past five years on our Most Anticipated Movies list and being delayed each time for a variety of reasons. But it's coming for real in 2013: opening in China next week on January 8th, and making an international bow in February at the Berlin Film Festival.

As for when it will reach our shores? Who knows. Annapurna Pictures has the rights, but no U.S. distribution deal has been struck yet.

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