Tony Leung’s ‘The Grandmasters’ to release next week

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Taking more than 10 years to conceptualise and produce the film, Director Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters <一代宗師> is finally hitting the theatres next week.

The Grandmasters was originally scheduled to release last month, but the shooting was not completed and hence delayed the release. Known for his meticulous details, it appears that Director Wong and his team are are still rushing for the post-production editing in Thailand.

A media preview is scheduled tomorrow in Beijing and the premiere to be scheduled a day after. The Grandmasters will be shown in China cinemas on 8 January 2013 and Hong Kong cinemas on 10 January 2013.

Although the broadcasting dates are finalised, the investors and distributors still have reservations on the screening dates, given that it had been delayed several times. Even the Chinese media have doubts if the media preview will proceed as planned. A spokesperson of the movie’s production company Sil-Metripole has confirmed that the movie will be released as scheduled.

Sources revealed that the movie clip would be sent to Beijing and Hong Kong tomorrow for inspection and would be produced into a DVD on the same day. As it is already scheduled for release in China next week,  Sil-Metripole has arranged about 300  staff to deliver the DVDs to the cinemas.

Director Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters will clash with Wong Jing’s Young and Dangerous: Reloaded <古惑仔:江湖新秩序> during its screening. As the two movies have different genres and appeal to different audiences, it is believed that Young and Dangerous: Reloaded will not affect its box office ratings.

Taking two years to train Wing Chun, are you excited to see how Tony Leung will portray the famed martial artist Ip Man? How will his portrayal be different from Donnie Yen?


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