Watch: Kar Wai Wong's 'The Grandmaster' Visual Effects Making Of
In martial arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. Unless you like importing Blu-rays from China, the rest of us in America are still waiting to see Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. It will hit theaters in August over here, but in the meantime (or if you have already seen it), there's a fantastic must watch making of featurette out thanks to BUF, the VFX group behind the atmospherics (mostly the snow) in the film. The martial arts epic is about the grand master Ip Man played by Tony Leung and also stars Ziyi Zhang. I still haven't seen it, so this featurette is another awesome tease. Total number of VFX shots: 512.
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.