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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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“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

Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmasters” Scheduled to Wrap in Mid-May [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, south Korea, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on May 10, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 6, 2011

I’m skeptical about this film “being in the can” in a week or so.  Knowing Wong Kar-Wai’s dilatory film-making habits, maybe they mean mid-May…2012 (joke).  Song Hye Kyo gets my vote for most beautiful spokesmodel in south Korea, I’m skeptical about her acting talents as she’s only really been successful so far in a handful of soap operas, and the one I’ve seen I didn’t like (Full House).  So far efforts to establish her as a credible film actress have failed. – Zuo Shou 左手

South Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (Photo:

The martial arts film “The Grandmasters” will be in the can in mid-May.

South Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo recently flew to China to complete her part in the film, according to South Korean media.

Directed by Karwai Wong, the film is an autobiographical one based on the story of kung fu star Bruce Lee’s master, Yip Man.  Song Hye Kyo plays the role of Yip Man’s wife.

The film also features other A-list stars, including Hong Kong actor Tony Leung and mainland actress Zhang Ziyi.

Director Wong, who is known for long shooting periods, started filming “The Grandmasters” in 2009.

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Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmasters’ Posters Released [CRIEnglish / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on November 1, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

November 1, 2010

"The Grandmasters" poster featuring Tony Leung (Photo:

The producers of Wong Kar-Wai’s martial-arts film “The Grandmasters” (“Yi Dai Zong Shi”) have released two posters of the film featuring lead actors Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, reports.

Leung plays Yip Man in Wong’s take on this master of the martial art of Wing Chun, who is better known as Bruce Lee’s mentor.  Yip Man’s story has been popularized in recent years in several other biopics, the most famous being Wilson Yip’s “Ip Man” series starring Donnie Yen.

Unlike Yen who himself is a trained martial artist, Leung had to learn Wing Chun from scratch, according to  But what moviegoers will see in “The Grandmasters” is a Leung who imparts the essence of Wing Chun, said Yuen Woo-Ping, the film’s action choreographer who was the stunt advisor of the “Kill Bill” series.

Another poster shows Zhang Ziyi in a kung fu position, although her character is still under wraps.

Both Zhang and Leung have sustained injuries during the filming with Zhang’s injury forcing her withdrawal from the film “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”.

Information about the release date of “The Grandmasters” was not included on the posters.

Zhang Ziyi in "The Grandmasters" (Photo:

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