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Yen, Yeoh commit to Crouching Tiger prequel [Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on May 17, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Patrick Frater

Fri, 17 May 2013

Production News

The Weinstein Company announced that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: Green Destiny 臥虎藏龍Ⅱ will start production in March 2014.

The US company confirmed that Michelle YEOH 楊紫瓊 will reprise her role as Yu Shulien opposite Donnie YEN 甄子丹 in the new role of Silent Wolf. The original film’s action choreographer YUEN Woo-ping 袁和平 will direct.

The screenplay is by John FUSCO, who previously co-wrote the US-China co-production The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 (2008). It is adapted from the same series of wuxia novels written by WANG Dulu 王度廬 about four generations of knights errant…

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Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmasters” Final Trailer – film set for early January 2013 release in China [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on December 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“The Grandmasters” 《一代宗师》 final trailer:

Slated for January 8, 2013 release in PR China

“The Grandmasters” is this blog’s most anticipated film yet, since the work of Wong Kar-wai [Wang Jiawei] is much admired here. While this writer has been in China several years, this is the first of auteur Wang’s films to be released in that time. It’s kind of astounding when you think about it, but that’s Wong Kar-wai’s dilatory film-making for you… Not a fan of male lead “Little” Tony Leung [Tony Leung Chui-Wai / Liang Chaowei], whose career has been serially disappointing for quite some time. Hope he doesn’t screw this one up (cough “Red Cliff” cough). — Zuo Shou

Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmasters” to Hit China’s Big Screens on December 18 [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on April 18, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手


[Please note that this release news is for the Chinese mainland. I’m not aware of release date announcements for the US and elsewhere. – Zuo Shou]

Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts biopic “The Grandmasters” is set for release on December 18, Sina Entertainment reports.

The movie is based on the life story of Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man, the legendary martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee.

Wong’s frequent collaborator Tony Leung stars in the film as Yip man [sic]. The cast also includes Zhang Ziyi playing a Baguazhang master, Hye-gyo Song, Zhang Zhen and Zhao Benshan.

The film has taken a great deal of time to finish, as is often the case with Wong Kar Wai films. Knowing Wong Kar Wai’s impressionistic storytelling style, fans expect stunning fight choreography.

After the release date was announced, the official microblog of “The Grandmasters” initiated a competition which will give out 1218 exquisite posters to fans.

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“Anticipated films lock China dates” – The Grandmasters, Seediq Bale slated to open in mainland [Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, Jackie Chan 成龙, John Woo 吴宇森, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平 on April 18, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Stephen Cremin

Wed, 18 April 2012

* Excerpted *

Distribution News

Three long-awaited films have finally locked their China release dates after months of speculation.

WONG Kar-wai 王家衛’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters 一代宗師 will open on 18 Dec, WEI Te-sheng 魏德聖’s war epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 賽德克・巴萊 on 10 May, and Dayyan ENG 伍仕賢’s black comedy Inseparable 形影不離 on 4 May 2012.

The opening of the still-in-production The Grandmasters in mid-December…[means i]t will likely go head-to-head with Ang LEE 李安’s Life of Pi, while Jackie CHAN 成龍’s Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖, which opens 12 Dec, is still on release.

Warriors, which opened in Taiwan in Sep 2011 in two parts, was submitted to the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT) 國家廣播電影電視總局 in December in its new international version with additional cuts made for violence. Further cuts were demanded last month.

Inseparable…stars Kevin SPACEY opposite Daniel WU 吳彥祖…

Excerpted by Zuo Shou

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“Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters'” – first trailer of Wong Kar-wai’s 2011 martial arts film released, w/ English subtitles [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, Hong Kong, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on July 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

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2011-07-19 / / Web Editor: Xie Tingting

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Leung’s character, a master of the Wing Chun style of martial arts, was the real-life mentor of kung-fu and Hollywood legend Bruce Lee. The trailer shows the master applying his lose-or-win fighting logic by defeating a mob on a raining night.

Leung is the only leading actor to appear in the trailer, although the film’s cast also includes Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Chang Chen and Zhao Benshan.

“The Grandmasters” is slated for release in December, eight years after Wong Kar-wai first began planning the film.

[Action director of the film is by Yuen Woo-ping – Zuo Shou]

[Trailer without English subtitles can also be viewed at

“True Legend” / 《苏乞儿》- Exclusive Review [Sweet & Sour Cinema / Sweet & Sour Cinema Exclusive Review]

Posted in Jackie Chan 成龙, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Sweet & Sour Cinema exclusive flim review, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhou Xun 周迅 on May 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

True Legend / 苏乞儿 -- Chinese poster (Source:

“True Legend”(2010)–  Review by Zuo Shou 左手

Directed by Yuen Woo-ping

Starring:  Chiu Man-Cheuk [Vincent Zhao], Zhou Xun, Andy On

Review of Mandarin, English-subtitled 2-D version seen in 2010

Releasing a review now, as the film currently has a limited release in the US.

“True Legend”, I’m sorry to report, is a true disappointment.  This film was a box-office flop in China, and even its classy bilingual website is now defunct as the film is released in North America.

Sadly, this film held multiple potentials that it just couldn’t fulfill.   Reknowned martial arts director Yuen Woo-ping was returning to the “Drunken Fist” style that was so iconic a few decades back in his legendary “Drunken Master” collaboration with young Jackie Chan.  Vincent Zhao was primed for a comeback.  David Carradine is seen in his final role (ok, maybe not too much promise in that).  There’s cameos by an array of martial arts film icons.  The story isbased on a colorful legend of an impoverished martial arts master, perhaps empowering in a time of global impoverishment when the poor have hardly been more invisible.  And 3-D martial arts!

Well, after this film’s release lets just say Steven Chow’s comical, Kurosawan assaying of the Su Qi-er legend “King of Beggars” is in no danger of losing its ranking as the top cinematic take on the subject.

Critics, in their enthusiasm to review this one, are overlooking that Yuen Woo-ping is just the director, not the action director here.  That should be enough to raise qualifiers, as his directorial efforts have been a decided mixed bag and sometimes dilutes his martial-arts-choreographing strength.   There are 2 action sequences that undoubtedly satisfy – one rolling on the edge of a waterfall and a (literally) ripping 2nd act chain-wrapped-fist-in-the-face brawl that still ends too abruptly –  but in my opinion they don’t make it a good film.

Still from "True Legend" w/ Andy On, Vincent Zhao ( /

The film’s major fault here is in the screenplay, which takes risks required to juice up the  the martial arts film genre (mainly in a conceptually interesting, if cinematically flat, extended sequence dramatizing the internal psychic struggle that great talents and / or substance abusers could go through).  Yuen Woo-ping does seem to have some noble conceptual intent involving the highs and lows of seeking martial arts perfection.  But while cheer-worthy, these risks undo themselves in a progressively deflating sequence of events that approaches dramatic absolute zero in a Heilongjiang East-West battle of no apparent significance and which is lamer than those seen in any number of recent productions (the Ip Man films, for instance) which tend to wind up in an “international” martial arts arena. Continue reading

Jet Li to Show Tai-Chi, but Not with Feng Xiaogang [People’s Daily / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Feng Xiaogang 冯小刚, Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平 on February 23, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 23, 2011


A scene in the 1993 film "Tai-Chi Master" ("Taiji Zhang Sanfeng") starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. [File Photo:]

Jet Li has been confirmed to focus his new movie on the Chinese martial arts of Tai-Chi, but Feng Xiaogang won’t be the director.

Production company Huayi Brothers announced the film on Monday, February 21, 2011.  With the working title, "Tai-Chi", the film will star Jet Li as a legendary Tai-Chi master.

Li built one of his most successful roles with his portrayal of Tai-Chi master Zhang Sanfeng in Yuen Woo-Ping’s 1993 film "Tai-Chi Master" ("Taiji Zhang Sanfeng").  Huayi Brothers didn’t elaborate on Li’s new character, but said it won’t reprise Zhang Sanfeng.

Jet Li will be the executive producer of the film with Chen Kuo-Fu.

The kung-fu star has been dedicated to promoting Tai-Chi. He announced in August, 2010 that he was working to help Tai-Chi push-hands (a two-person training routine) become an official Olympic sport.

As for the director of "Tai-Chi", Huayi Brothers didn’t announce a specific candidate, but denied previous rumors that Feng Xiaogang would direct the film.

Feng, who made such bankable films as "Aftershock" and the "If You Are the One" series, is preparing for his own project that "will involve heavy investment," according to Huayi Brothers.

Previous reports suggest Feng’s upcoming film will be about the bombing of Chongqing, a five-year-long military operation conducted by the invading Japanese troops on China’s wartime capital during WWII.


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