Wednesday, 20 July 2011


The Grandmasters - Trailer

Wong Kar Wai is a prominent figure in the cinematic realm, not just in Hong Kong but also warmly embraced by cinephiles worldwide for his signature artistic styles of filmmaking that are unique and bold. If you've seen Chungking Express, 2046, you'd have known that his films aren't exactly conventional narratives and mostly fall under the art house genre category. This very man, is currently rounding up his next film reportedly in the post-production phase.

A martial arts film.

That's right. These two don't exactly match in any manner, in fact they seem to be repulsive of each other at the mere mention of the two together. Knowing that Wong is doing yet another Ip Man film (it's been sensational ever since Wilson Yip's original), I wasn't sure what to think while I was definitely in disapproval.

After all, Wong is one of my favourite auteurs and I'm not a fan of remakes/reboots.

Previously, a teaser released last December was merely a showcase of whats likely to be the film's sountrack as there wasn't any actual footage included besides the lengthy graphical transitions of the film's mandarin title.

Now that a new first trailer has been released, I was shockingly convinced of Wong's capabilities here as he tackled the martial arts genre not just adequately, but in a way different style than I'd thought it to be. Deviating from his signature trademark techniques (even the slow-motion sequences are smoothly high fps that seems to resemble bullet-time), it seems to be dark and desaturated (as I remember Wong as an expressionist who loves saturated and bright colours). There's this feel instilled by the trailer that doesn't quite match up with the Asian martial arts genre we know of.

At the moment while I'm still trying to place a finger to it and figure it out, do have a look at the trailer for youself below. Apologies for the non-english subtitle availability as it's from a Chinese source, but I'm sure the visuals will suffice without literal translation.

The Grandmasters is slated for a 2012 release and is rumoured to be in post-production phase in the US. Starring Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, and South Korean star Song Hye-kyo.


  1. Don't forget "Ashes of Time" :) That's also a martial arts movie directed by Wong Kar Wai and also fall under art house category with its confusing unconventional narrative.

    But I hope The Grandmasters can be a fully entertaining movie but still arty :)

  2. Oh yes! How did I ever forget that. But that said, the trailer suggests a style that is quite different from his usual past influences. When I saw the trailer, I was really stunned to be honest.

    Yes, let's look forward to The Grandmasters! :)

  3. Wow, I've been waiting for this film for so long and it looks incredible. Screw Batman, this is the trailer of the week.

  4. Saw it yesterday and was literally blown away by it. Wong Kar Wai may be a bit difficult to 'get' at times, but he always manage to deliver a visually stunning movies. Plus, I absolutely adore Yuen Woo Ping and his work, and I can't wait to see what he has done in this one. Bring it on! :)

  5. @Bonjour Tristesse LOL! Yes it does look incredible, I was awestruck by it. Let's look forward to The Grandmasters, shall we? Thanks for dropping by! :)

    @Nebular Yes, I agree with you. Visually-stunning is always associated with WKW. Can't wait for this to come, just as eager as you are! Haha!


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