Art house filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s take on Wing Chun master Yip Man, best known as Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. Dramatic actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai stars along with Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. Action director is Yuen Woo-ping. Prospects for this film are uncertain. Wong Kar-wai consistently puts out quality films that generally score high with critics and international audiences but this film follows a recent flood of Yip Man films and TV series including Wilson Yip’s popular IP MAN and IP MAN 2, both starring leading martial arts actor Donnie Yen. Audiences may be weary of Yip Man biopics while Yen will be a tough act to follow for Leung who trained extensively for the role but lacks a martial arts background. Also, the teaser suggests action will adopt Yuen Woo-ping’s standard, exaggerated wire-fu style rather than grounded Wing Chun, which the action director has never embraced. Yuen’s 1994 film, WING CHUN, centered on the legendary female founder of the martial art but the fight choreography contained very little Wing Chun kung fu.
The Grandmasters (2012) • Tony Leung Chiu-wai • Wong Kar-wai