- Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Hye-kyo Song, Cung Le, Chen Chang, Woo-ping Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung, Jin Zhang, Jeana Ho, Julian Cheung, Meng Lo, Cheung-Yan Yuen, Benshan Zhao, Elvis Tsui, Kuan-Chun Chi, Shun-Yee Yuen, Hoi-Pang Lo, Shun Lau, Xiao Shen-Yang, Qingxiang Wang, Wang Jue, Ting Yip Ng, Chia Yung Liu, Tielong Shang, Chengcheng Fang, Shih-chieh Chin, Xiaofei Zhou, Dai Song, Yunfei Wu, Feilong Ji, Jie Gao, Yixuan Wu
- Director: Kar Wai Wong
- Writer: Kar Wai Wong
- Producers: Guoqing Gu, Sanping Han, Kuo Hsing Li, Zhong-lun Ren, Jacky Pang Yee Wah, Kar Wai Wong, Xiaoming Yan, Dong Yu
- Associate Producer: Michael J. Werner
- Executive Producers: Ye-cheng Chan, Megan Ellison, See-Yuen Ng, Dai Song
- Art Directions: Tony Au, William Chang, Alfred Yau
- Costume Design: William Chang
- D.O.P.: Philippe Le Sourd
- Editor: William Chang
- Musics: Nathaniel Méchaly, Shigeru Umebayashi
- Production Design: William Chang
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, "The Grandmaster" is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, "The Grandmaster" features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Guangdong, China
- MPAA Warning: Violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language
- Production Budget: $38.6 million
- Production Companies: Block 2 Pictures, Jet Tone Films, Sil-Metropole Organisation. Bona International Film Group
- Production Schedule: 12 December 2009 - 18 April 2010
2013 Guide Analysis: "AT LAST it's here. It took nearly a decade to get going, and years to complete, but the latest work from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar Wai ("In the Mood for Love," "Chungking Express") is finally arriving a full six years after his previous effort "My Blueberry Nights".
This $25 million Mandarin-language biopic of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of the legendary Bruce Lee, began shooting back in December 2009. However, Wong's attention to even the tiniest detail meant it has stopped and started again numerous times with the delays frustrating many. Yuen Woo-ping is handling the fighting and choreography, an odd choice for the material some would say.
One factor not working in its favor is the over exposure of Yip Man himself in rival projects which managed to make it through production and into cinemas while this take was stuck in development hell. In the past four years there's been both "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" which starred Donnie Yen, not to mention the unrelated "The Legend is Born - Ip Man" with Dennis To - all three exploring different times in the man's life. It's confusing to casual viewers in regard to which version is which, so much so one wonders how many will think this is either a copycat of the franchise or even an "Ip Man 3".
Trailers so far have shown some startling and wondrous imagery, fantastical shot compositions with luscious use of slow motion and a more physical sense than we've come to expect from the filmmaker. The movie will have its world premiere on January 8th in China, ahead of an international festival debut mid-February at Berlinale."