Ziyi Zhang

grandmaster

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.

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The Grandmasters

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.

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horsemen-1

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a truly chilling thriller. Focus Features hopes to change that with The Horsemen, borrowing a page from The Bible … and a story similar to Se7en. Check the trailer out.

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