Tony Leung and Donnie Yen Talk About THE GRANDMASTERS

Contributing Writer; Sydney, Australia (@HugoOzman)
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Tony Leung and Donnie Yen Talk About THE GRANDMASTERS

Wong-Kar-Wai.jpgWong Kar Wai's take on the story of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, THE GRANDMASTERS, has appeared in many film critics' lists of most anticipated films of 2012. But the question is: are we really going to get to see the film in 2012?

It has been a long time (or 'forever') in the making, but the latest reports from Hong Kong seem to suggest that the answer to the above question is probably 'yes'.

The film's main actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai confirmed during promotion of his new film THE GREAT MAGICIAN that THE GRANDMASTERS is now 'close to completion'. Presumably this is by normal standards and not WKW's, which means it may be a matter of months, and not years, before the film is completed.

Another report stated that Wong Kar Wai has asked Tony Leung to reshoot some of the scenes, and that he intends to get the film ready for a film festival. The report did not specify which film festival, but my guess is that it will be Cannes Film Festival. Wong's films have traditionally done well at Cannes, having been nominated for the Palme d'Or on four occasions (HAPPY TOGETHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, 2046 and MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS), and won best director for HAPPY TOGETHER in 1997. If this is the case, then Wong will be very motivated to get the film done over the next few months because it is now not that long till May.

By the way, Donnie Yen, who talked about the possibility of making IP MAN 3 recently, has said in another interview that he will not wait till THE GRANDMASTERS is released before he makes another Ip Man film, because he has been thinking about it and will start filming as soon as he has the time and opportunity.

Now, I am really interested to find out: THE GRANDMASTERS or IP MAN 3, which one do you want to see more? 

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QinlongJanuary 12, 2012 6:43 PM

Ip Man 3, no contest. I'm intrigued by The Grandmasters, but I'm thrilled by Ip Man 3. And I've always found Wong Kar Wai so artsy as to border on fartsy.

DanielJanuary 12, 2012 6:50 PM

Totally depends. Of course The Grandmaster just to finally see another WKW film. But as a martial arts fan, Ip Man 3 as I think that series is the best kung fu franchise since Once Upon a Time in China as far as complexity and quality of the fight work.

DooKJanuary 12, 2012 7:56 PM

I hope Donnie's commitment to Ip Man 3 won't clash with his plans of returning to contemporary film-making. I'm all about Donnie making good films but I think it's time to change the game plan now.

ChevalierAguilaJanuary 12, 2012 10:25 PM

I'd rather see none, Ip Man 2 was not very good, both the story and the fights drag a lot. If they get a better script then perhaps, but i prefer to see Donnie doing something else. As for WKW, i don't like his movies, so that's a no.

universalsilenceJanuary 12, 2012 10:51 PM

The Grandmasters. Ip Man 2 was a huge let down in terms of script and acting.

gotadventureJanuary 13, 2012 1:30 AM

I'm going to have to throw my vote on the side of WKW on this, as delish as both of Yen's Ip Man flicks were, if there is a third one, while I'm sure it will be well produced it is to my mind a known quantity. Good, bad I have no idea what WKW will come up with for 'The Grandmasters' and that to me, is incredibly exciting.

kungfueurotrashJanuary 13, 2012 8:34 AM

WKW no doubt.. We already know what to expect from an Ip Man 3 type movie, lots of action.. WKW is one of the best auteur filmmakers in the world, can't wait to see his version of this story.... By the way, you can have his films on mute and still enjoy his movies, fucking beautiful to look at... I forgot the guy who did the cinematography but good work on his part...

Hugo OzmanJanuary 13, 2012 9:05 AM

That's Christopher Doyle. He acted as cinematographer for the majority of WKW films.

CuttermaranJanuary 13, 2012 10:54 AM

If something about Bruce Lee is going on in the 3rd Ip Man movie, I would anticipate it a lot, but one can expect a fresh take on the Ip Man issue from WKW, an that would be much more interesting to watch. Besides I would prefer Tony Leung anytime over Donni Yen.

jamaicadawnJanuary 13, 2012 12:59 PM

I'll happily see both, as there's no one I'd rather see executing genuine kung fu than Donnie Yen, but it's "The Grandmasters" I'm really anxious to see. Wong Kar Wai is one of the few filmmakers Tony Leung Chiu-Wai has worked with, who really pushes the actor to the limits of his ability, and shows just what a truly exceptional talent he is. With Donnie Yen in "Ip Man 3," there's no doubt the martial arts (to my eye, anyway) will be absolutely exceptional, but Wong Kar Wai, with his talent, should be able to craft something beautiful, and unique, with depth. I only hope he makes the most of his ace-in-the-hole, Leung Chiu-Wai, who is astonishing.

AnastasiiaJune 30, 2012 8:55 AM

I am not sure it is more than tying up to the main character... For instance, I have seen only Donnie Yen portraying the Grand Master Ip Man, and I loved it, loved both parts. That is why all the rest, however grate they weren't would only irritate me.For a simple reason that... Donnie is very charismatic...enough for the martial artist.