I stand corrected, with all the delays that plagued Wong Kaw Wai’s upcoming The Grandmasters the past 10 plus years, I actually thought we might see his dream project sometime in the year 2046. With production actually starting in early 2010, minus Tony Leung hurting his left arm during an sparing session in 2009, Wong Kaw Wai has a rough 4 year span between his most recent films.
Production on his films are widely known to take …. years to complete, but finally we get an release date of 12-18-2012. Far from the festival run we all were hoping for, maybe at Cannes this May. There is still hope of a rough cut during Cannes though before the official release later this year, that all depends on how much of the film is actually completed.
The Grandmasters stars Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye Kyo, Chang Chen,Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shen-Yang, Wang Qingxiang, Julian Cheung, and Leung Siu-lung.
The Grand Master
With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results.
Ip Man is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn’t keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground so he has to use every means in order to get out of there. The masters are amazed by his abilities. Master Kung and his daughter Kung Yi are amongst, and the latter is attracted to this newcomer.
A high warlord is assassinated by his own guard Yi Xian Tian. All masters in Foshan vow to take Tian down no matter what…