Watch: First US Trailer for Weinstein Company's 'The Grandmaster'

April 22, 2013
Source: Yahoo

The Grandmaster

Just this past February, The Weinstein Company picked up Wong Kar Wai's visually stunning and kung fu fighting riddled film The Grandmaster. The film is slated to arrive in August, and now the marketing for the U.S. release of the film has arrived. It doesn't offer much more than the previous trailers for the film from its 2012 release in China, but it does have some more gorgeous shots of that rain fight with Tony Leung as Ip Man, the legendary martial arts grand master who trained Bruce Lee, looking like a real bad ass. Chinese superstar Ziyi Zhang also stars in the film, and we hope it gets a good sized release. Watch!

Here's the US trailer for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster, originally from Yahoo:

The story of martial arts grand master Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the man who trained Bruce Lee.

The Grandmaster 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 cast also includes Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, Xiao Shengyang and Song Hye Kyo as well as hundreds of Asia's top martial artists. Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar Wai directs the film which was already released in China and hits US theaters, from The Weinstein Company on August 23rd.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


Saw this movie already and it was boring! Way too many slow mo shots and use of rain :(. The movie was a let down and the final fight along with the story was very bland. Was really disappointed as I am a huge fan of Tony Leung.

deerosa on Apr 22, 2013


Another Wong/Leung movie. Can't wait!

Andrew DiDonato on Apr 22, 2013


The trailers look pretty tame and I keep getting Matrix flashbacks. Actually pretty much all the trailers are just slow mo fight scene rain shots. I would have really loved for this movie to be good, but instead if any of you really want to see Ip Man be badass, go buy Ip Man, Ip Man 2, and there is even a prequel that was pretty sweet. Forget this noise.

Bauzer on Apr 22, 2013


I have Ip Man 1 and 2. What is this prequel you speak of?

Chris Amaya on Apr 22, 2013


It's called Ip Man - The Legend is Born. Was alright but not as good as 1 and 2.

TK on Apr 23, 2013


That wasn't a prequel. It is it's own movie and interpretation of Ip Man...just like this one.

VL on Apr 23, 2013


sigh...Fantasy is great and all but I would like to see a realistic movie about martial arts for once which actually takes place in this universe and abides to the laws of physics and actual human potential ..without over the top stylization and usual gimmickry we get in these things...a borderline documentary drama if you will about martial arts,where a viewer could actually learn something ...

e2027233 on Apr 23, 2013


Watch Ip Man, its pretty realistic.

JohnIGottschalk on Apr 23, 2013


Yeah,Ip man is great but it's still to "Hollywoody" (if you know what I mean with this non-word 😛 ) compared to what I meant with realistic...maybe something in the vain of Lars Von Trier's dogma type of movie but about martial arts...although dogma movies are maybe not the best format for a martial art theme but something which does not glorify or "pretty up" the subject matter and rather just shows it like it is..raw and unfiltered reality in a documentary sort of way with a fairly realistic story and characters,preferably based on real history of martial arts no matter what period...Ip man is grounded in reality compared to other movies in the genre but it's still too "epic"...although the fight scene with the japanese soldiers is friggin awesome...

e2027233 on Apr 23, 2013


I think it actually makes a nice film-ic adjustment throughout the movie, by starting off with people in the golden age of martial arts, with people flying around on strings a little bit, and then progressing into a more grounded martial arts as martial arts gave way to war. In fact the fighting scenes in the end, don't seem fantastical to me, people get beaten to the ground. It might seem crazy that 1 man could beat so many, but he was Ip Man, he trained Bruce Lee, he was the best and most efficient at what he did, and almost no one did what he did. It made sense that he could beat them so harshly, especially with him vengeful, which he hadn't truly been prior to those moments. It seemed realistic to me, I guess, and its the camera angles, framing, filters and focus that generally make something look snazzy.

JohnIGottschalk on Apr 23, 2013


the trailer is awful. Some shitty voice over makes it sound very bad. What's point in this after Ip man 1 and 2 with Donnie Yen.

wayner on Apr 27, 2013

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