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Wong Kar-wai Offers 'Master' Class at Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai opened up to over 600 cinephiles last week in a master class discussing his latest film "The Grandmaster," which opened the Berlin Film Festival in February and will be distributed in the US by The Weinstein Company. Moderated by critic Yua Ching-yuen as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the master class offered insight into the themes running through Wong's oeuvre, which includes international arthouse sensations "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and "Chungking Express" (1994). But the major point of discussion was "The Grandmaster."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2013 6:30 AM
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Berlinale Review: Wong Kar Wai's Opener 'The Grandmaster' and Press Conference

Wong Kar Wai kicked off the 63rd Berlinale today in style with the international premiere of his much anticipated kung-fu period drama "The Grandmaster," which was promptly picked up by the Weinstein Company. Based on the life of Ip Man, master of the Wing Chun kung-fu style and teacher of Bruce Lee, the film begins in the southern Chinese city of Foshun in 1936, when Ip (played with quiet dignity by Tony Leung) is 40 and living happily off of family wealth and with his own young family; it ends some 20 years later in Hong Kong, when things are very different, for both China and for Ip.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 7, 2013 4:21 PM
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Weinstein Co. Snaps Up Wong Kar Wai Berlin Opener 'The Grandmaster'

Wasting no time, the Weinstein Company snapped all rights in the US and English speaking Canadian territories from financeer Annapurna to Wong Kar Wai's Berlin opening night martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," as well as rights to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK from Wild Bunch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2013 1:36 PM
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Watch: Three Featurettes on Wong Kar-wai's 'Grandmaster' Reveal Plenty of New Footage

Check out these three new featurettes on Wong Kar-wai's hotly anticipated "The Grandmaster." The videos, while not subtitled in English, feature behind-the-scenes glimpses of the film's intricately decorated, noirish sets, interviews with its stars and short segments of scenes to give you a taste of what the final film holds.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 11:47 AM
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Early Review Roundup: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Strikes a Balance Between Haunting Style and True Kung Fu

Two early reviews for Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai's highly anticipated and long-gestating "The Grandmaster" have hit the web, both praising the film's deft balance between being a "beautiful" kung fu genre movie and a stylish exploration of many of the director's career-long themes. Complaints include that the film has been cut drastically from its intended length, and that actor Chang Chen is given too little screen time, while muse Tony Leung "lacks his usual intensity." Highlights below, updates to be added as more reviews come in.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 11:31 AM
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Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Will Open the Berlinale After Debuting in China on January 8

The Berlin International Film Festival will open with the international premiere of Wong Kar Wai's long-delayed "The Grandmaster" on February 7. The world premiere of The Grandmaster will be celebrated on January 8, 2013 in China, and the film will open at cinemas in numerous countries including Germany in spring 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 19, 2012 12:46 PM
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Wong Kar-wai's 'Grandmasters' Chinese Release Pushed Again; Check out New Character Posters & Trailer

Wong Kar-wai's long-delayed Ip Man biopic "The Grandmasters" has now hit another roadbump: the mainland China release has been pushed back an additional three weeks due to even more additional shooting last month.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • November 27, 2012 12:45 PM
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