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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmasters

With auteurs Asian filmmakers such as Jiang-Ke and Hou Hsiao-Hsien also making the leap into martial arts project, it may be WKW who is stylistically challenging himself, first by going into biopic territory but also by enlisting a crew comprised of kick ass, action choreographer, Hong Kong action cinema specialist Yuen Woo-ping and he re-teams with In the Mood for Love’s Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for what I think is now their sixth film together.

IONCINEMA.com Top 100 Films

#08. The Grandmasters

Director: Wong Kar-Wai 
Writers:
Xu Haofeng and Kar-Wai
Producers:
Jacky Pang Yee Wah and Kar-Wai
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: This will be a kung-fu movie about the life of Bruce Lee. The film will be set in the 1950’s and will focus on the relationship between Bruce Lee and his master (Tony Leung). Gong Li will play the head of a martial-art clan. Zhang Ziyi – will play the wife of Ip Man.….(more)

Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang and Chen Chang

List Worthy Reasons…With auteur Asian filmmakers such as Jiang-Ke and Hou Hsiao-Hsien also making the leap into martial arts project, it may be WKW who is stylistically challenging himself the most among the trio, first by going into biopic territory but also by enlisting a crew comprised of kick ass, action choreographer, Hong Kong action cinema specialist Yuen Woo-ping. Here he re-teams with In the Mood for Love‘s Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for what I think is now their sixth film together.

Release Date/Status?We thought this would have been ready last year (hence the inclusion on our list last year at the #4 spot) and we have the feeling the teasing may be over with come Croisette time.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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