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Wong Kar-wai Returns in 3D

China wants to embolden its film presence in Hollywood. What better way than to take a masterpiece from one of its most widely celebrated auteurs and repurpose it in glorious 3D?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 29, 2014 12:59 PM
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Wong Kar-wai to Adapt 'Ferryman' Beginning Next Year

It took five year's for Wong Kar-wai to release last year's "The Grandmaster" after 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," so it's good news to hear that he's beginning work on his new project next year, adapting author Jiajia Zhang's short story "Ferryman."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 10:43 AM
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Talking 'Grandmaster' Costume Design with Oscar-Nominated William Chang

William Chang is certainly "The Grandmaster" of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he's received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can't separate his contribution to the overall look and editorial style of the movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 24, 2014 2:04 PM
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Cinematographer Le Sourd Talks Anatomy of 'The Grandmaster' Train Fight

Oscar contender Philippe Le Sourd, who scored an ASC nomination last week for lensing "The Grandmaster," discusses the standout train platform fight between Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi) and her father's killer and protege (Zhang Jin), which you can watch below. Not only was Wong Kar-wai's improvisational style a challenge, but they also completed the scene two years later, compelling Le Sourd to keep a journal so he could remember the location of his lights and maintain visual consistency).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 14, 2014 4:09 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Interviews Wong Kar-wai on Oscar Shortlisted 'The Grandmaster'

On January 8, Martin Scorsese sat down with Wong Kar-wai at New York's Lighthouse Theatre to talk the latter's "The Grandmaster," shortlisted for a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Incredibly, Wong has yet to receive a nomination from the Academy. But that could be rectified this coming Thursday, when the 2014 nominations list will be rolled out bright and early at 5:38am PST.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 13, 2014 1:46 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Best Films of Wong Kar-Wai, with an Intro by David Chute (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

With "The Grandmaster" hitting theaters, the TOH! team reviews and ranks the best of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai, whose output is just ten features (along with many shorts) since 1988. But first, we have an introduction to Wong's oeuvre from Asia Film wonk David Chute.
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  • August 24, 2013 8:34 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Martin Scorsese to Present Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' UPDATED (Trailer)

UPDATE: Samuel L. Jackson is joining the previously announced Martin Scorsese in presenting Wong Kar Wai's upcoming kung fu film "The Grandmaster," deeming it "Martin Scorsese and Samuel L. Jackson Present 'The Grandmaster.'" The film hits theaters in limited release this weekend, and has a national roll-out on August 30, via the Weinstein Company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 12:22 PM
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For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster,' Weinstein Plans Subtitled Wide Release, Oscar Campaign

Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," now being officially presented by Martin Scorsese, is getting an ambitious release from the Weinstein Company, taking the chance that subtitles won't be a barrier in reaching a wider audience. They have not had much access to high-budget prestige martial arts films since Ang Lee's spectacular success with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 15, 2013 4:29 PM
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Early Reviews: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Is a Dazzling and Contemplative Martial Arts Epic (UPDATED, TRAILER)

Discussing his new film "The Grandmaster" at the Academy on July 22, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai ("2046," "My Blueberry Nights," "In the Mood for Love") described the alchemy of image and sound in cinema: "It isn't one plus one. It's chemistry."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 1:33 PM
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