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Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Will Open the Berlinale After Debuting in China on January 8

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by Sophia Savage
December 19, 2012 12:46 PM
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"The Grandmaster"

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. The film’s distributor in Germany will be Wild Bunch.

The martial arts epic, playing out of Berlin competition, is set in 1930s China and was inspired by the life of IP Man, who served as mentor to Bruce Lee. The film stars Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen Benshan Zhao, Shengyang Xiao and Hye Kyo Song. Wong is also serving as president of the 2013 jury.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick states:

"With The Grandmaster, Kar Wai has added a new and exciting facet to his body of works, and created an artful, visually powerful genre film.”

Wong adds:

"This is a dream project for me that I had been developing for many years. I am very happy to be able to present it in Berlin. I was already greatly looking forward to my returning to Berlin to serve as the President of the International Jury, so seeing The Grandmaster presented there will make it all the more special for me.”

Check out the trailer and character posters here.

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