When you hear that director Wong Kar-wai, the modern master who brought us the beautiful and complex romance In the Mood For Love, is directing a martial arts film based on the life of the legendary fighter who trained Bruce Lee, you expect it to contain quite a bit more beauty and subtlety than your usual kick/punch affair. But while the first trailer for his upcoming, fight-heavy, Ip Man biopic, The Grandmaster, was rather beautiful to look at, it also contained some throwback trailer narration that was so overblown and melodramatic that it felt like it should have been attached to a Cannon Films release from 1987. What a weird choice.
The Grandmaster has just released a new trailer though, and while it still contains mostly just a bunch of gorgeously-shot action sequences that don’t give us much of an idea of what to expect from the acting or storytelling of the film, it at least ditches the cheesy narration in favor of a track from famed kung-fu-loving hip-hop star the RZA. Click through to watch some people take some mad beatings that are set to some mad beats.
The Grandmaster, which stars former Wong collaborators Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang, is set to see a limited release here starting on August 23. That means you’ve got just a few short days to prepare yourself for the new Wong Kar-wai movie. It might be a good idea to call in sick from work for the next few days so that you can get in the right mindset. This guy doesn’t make nearly as many features as we’d like him to, so we should get to treat each one like a mini-holiday.