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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #22. Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Writer(s): Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu
Producer(s): Kar-Wai and Jacky Pang Yee Wah
U.S. Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

First reviews are out: here is Variety’s take: “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. Wong’s Eurocentric arthouse disciples, however, may not be completely in tune with the film’s more traditional storytelling and occasionally long-winded technical exposition.”

Gist: The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Release Date: Chinese release last week, followed by world preem at the Berlin Film Festival followed by a release via Annapurna Pictures (their first ever theatrical launch).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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