Known for his artfully shot films populated with lonesome characters enduring some form of existential romantic yearning, director Wong Kar-wai last graced us with the mildly-received My Blueberry Nights. But from the director who brought us Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, and 2046, it’s difficult not to be excited by any project he has his hands in. And with his first feature in six years, Kar-wai looks to be harkening back to his Ashes of Time sense of action with The Grandmaster. Starring Kar-wai film staple Tony Leung, the film tells the story of the famed martial arts master Ip Man who trained Bruce Lee.
Last week, The Grandmaster had it’s Hong Kong and China premiere, opening to generally well-received reviews across the board. Variety stated:
Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai exceeds expectations with "The Grandmaster," fashioning a 1930s action saga into a refined piece of commercial filmmaking. Boasting one of the most propulsive yet ethereal realizations of authentic martial arts onscreen, as well as a merging of physicality and philosophy not attained in Chinese cinema since King Hu’s masterpieces, the hotly anticipated pic is sure to win new converts from the genre camp.
Next month, the film will have a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, but in the meantime, Twitch has provided three new behind the scenes featurettes to build on the anticipation for the film. The clips include interviews with the cast and crew, a look at the location and sets of the film, as well as Leung’s training for the role.