"The Grandmaster" (一代宗師), the long anticipated epic martial arts film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is finally hitting local theaters next week. The film portrays Chinese martial arts culture in Wing Chun master Yip Man's (葉問) era, featuring Wong's frequent cast members Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and Chang Chen (張震), as martial arts masters of different schools.
In the world of martial arts, what does it take to be a grandmaster? Champion kung fu (功夫) skills, unyielding perseverance to pass on the torch, or relentless efforts to protect the family discipline? The beginning of "The Grandmaster" (一代宗師) says it all, in a philosophical fashion.
Some movies take days to make, others take years.Hong Kong film auteur Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is known for the latter. After years of research and at least three years shooting it, his newest film, "The Grandmaster" (一代宗師), finally had its world premiere in Beijing earlier this month. The movie, which hits local cinemas today, will open the Berlin Film Festival next month.
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