The Weinstein Company Picks Up 'The Grandmaster' for US Release
I don't find it very surprising to hear that The Weinstein Company has secured rights to release Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster, starring Tony Leung. It's a film we've been covering for a few years and was already released in Asia earlier this year. We expected this to premiere in Cannes, which is Harvey's home territory, but it's actually premiering at the Berlin Film Festival this week and they seem to be rather pleased with it. The film will have a perfect home at The Weinstein Company, who usually picks up kick ass genre films like this (see Dragon/Wu Xia), I just hope they'll give it a strong release. More below!
Details on the acquisition from comes Deadline. The Weinstein Company has acquired all rights in the U.S. and English-speaking Canadian territories from Annapurna on Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. Wong comments on the news: "I am pleased to continue our long-time and multi picture collaboration with TWC on The Grandmaster. With Harvey's expertise and his passion for this genre, I am confident that he and his team will reach new heights with The Grandmaster by cultivating hard-core action fans as well as exciting and pleasing those long time fans of my films." Harvey says: "Wong Kar Wai is such an extraordinary filmmaker, and The Grandmaster is no exception as he takes the audience on an exciting and emotional ride. Annapurna has come to be one of the great cutting-edge new companies in our industry... we are absolutely thrilled to be working with them again as they have shown invaluable support to our campaigns."
The film tells the story of martial arts grand master Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the man who trained Bruce Lee. The story focuses on two kung fu masters, IP Man, and Gong Er, and as their worlds collide on the night of the Japanese invasion in 1936. The plot encompasses themes of war, family, revenge, desire, love, and memory. The all-star cast headed by Tony Leung Chiu Wa also includes Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, Xiao Shengyang and Song Hye Kyo as well as hundreds of Asia's top martial artists. We've featured a few international trailers for this, but will be waiting to see the U.S. marketing The Weinstein Co puts together.