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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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'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including six from this year's Sundance Film Festival and two from the currently running Toronto Fest. Of the films reported grosses, only one -- Weinstein's "Salinger" -- showed significant strength, unusual for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 8, 2013 3:23 PM
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This Weekend: See 'Short Term 12,' 'The World's End,' 'The Grandmaster' and 'Drinking Buddies'

The summer ends on a high note with one of the best-reviewed movie weekends of the season. Four films are sitting with an 80% Fresh or higher on the Tomatometer, and for good reason.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 1:12 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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Wong Kar Wai Is Coming to the Academy with 'The Grandmaster' on July 22

Wong Kar Wai is coming to the Academy. On Monday, July 22, as part of their summer-long celebration of kung fu, the Academy will present an on-stage conversation between Wong and "Mad Men" showrunner Matthew Weiner, followed by an advance screening of "The Grandmaster."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 1:03 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Previews Awards Slate at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 17, 2013 5:02 PM
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Wong Kar-wai Receives Top French Cultural Prize

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, whose "The Grandmaster" is gearing up for US release later this year by TWC, has received one of the French government's highest honors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 6, 2013 11:50 AM
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