Ip Man was an early 20th century master of a specific style of martial arts known as Wing Chun, and while he’s highly revered in China his biggest claim to fame in the Western world has been by way of his most famous student: Bruce Lee. He died in 1972, but his stature has continued to grow thanks to recent films about his life. The most notable ones are Ip Man and Ip Man 2 which starred Donnie Yen in the title role and kicked insane amounts of ass.
The latest entry in Ip Man’s biopic canon comes from an unlikely source in director Wong Kar-Wai. He’s been working on The Grandmasters to various degrees over the past few years with Tony Leung as Ip Man joined by Chen Chang and the lovely Ziyi Zhang. It covers the same ground as Yen’s films but looks to be a bit more artsy.
Check out the trailer below.
There’s no doubt it looks good, but hopefully the entire film isn’t in slow motion.
Wong is no stranger to visually impressive films, and while this is only his second foray into action (after 1994’s Ashes of Time) the fights appear to be solidly choreographed. It’s difficult to tell seeing as the vast majority are in slow motion here, but they’re definitely not going to be boring fights to watch.
The Grandmasters opens in limited release this December.