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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #6. Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters

To give you an idea of how long we’ve been waiting, we’ve had this on our Most Anticipated lists for 2010 and 2011. The trailer was enough to maintain its position among the Most Anticipated elite and we’re confident this won’t go the 2046 (five years in editing) route.

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#06. The Grandmasters

Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Writer(s): Xu Haofeng and Kar-Wai
Producers: Jacky Pang Yee Wah and Kar-Wai

Distributor: Annapurna Pictures

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 Ip Man (Tony Leung). …(more)

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

List Worthy Reasons…: To give you an idea of how long we’ve been waiting, we’ve had this on our Most Anticipated lists for 2010 and 2011. The trailer was enough to maintain its position among the Most Anticipated elite and we’re confident this won’t go the 2046 (five years in editing) route.

Release Date/Status?: Now that all plans for a 2011 release are a thing of the past, the logicial next bet is Cannes 2012. Prod company Annapurna Pictures picked up distribution rights for the U.S. – if they do release the pic it will be their first ever theatrical release and they’ll want to hit theaters at the same time this is shown in mainland China.

 
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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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