Finally, we have a sneak preview of Wong Kar Wai's take on the legendary pugilistic master Ip Man.

Anticipation over director Wong Kar Wai (王家衛)'s The Grandmasters 《一代宗师》 has been unreasonably potent. So much so that I would only be too happy to put it right at the top of the "Most Anticipated Film of 2011", knowing that I can't, given the infamously long filming and production period that the much-lauded director is renowned for (his critically acclaimed pseudo-Sci-Fi film was so dreadfully delayed that it became an in-joke that the title would actually refer to the year of release).

With The Grandmasters, Wong took on an aspect of a popular film genre in Hong Kong that he had never touched on in his prolific career: Kung fu action. And in an interesting eventual development, the film is the biopic of Yip Man (葉問), better known as Ip Man in the popular Ip Man film series loosely based on the life of Yip Man, starring Donnie Yen as the celebrated martial artist. While the rivalry between both competing productions are well-documented, it is noteworthy that Wong was indeed the first person to thought of filming a biopic of the martial artist who was previously only well-known for being Bruce Lee's real-life master back in 1997.

With renowned actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉) in the role of Yip, the film faces a perceived predicament when one compares Leung to Yen, who is a famous martial artist in his own right. However, we would opined to conclude that concerns as such are unnecessary and redundant when you consider the actual prospect of Wong filming a Kung fu action film. Which is something not that hard to deduce: It wouldn't be a straight Kung fu action, and that is for sure. Which begs even more intrigue to the film, adding more feverish anticipation.

Joining the cast would be Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), notable Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan (赵本山), Zhang Zhen (张震), Wu Jing (吴京),as the respective heads of other Kung fu clans, while Korean actress Song Hye-kyo (宋慧喬) as Yip's wife. Renowned martial arts choreographer and film director Yuen Woo-ping (袁和平) will be the martial arts choreographer of the film, promising a myriad form of martial arts on display.

Accordingly, Wong has shifted his focus for the film from a biopic of Yip to depicting the "Pugilistic world that have moved on" (in his own word, 逝去的武林).

Without further ado, we bring you the two posters that have been unveiled last week at American Film Market, followed by a promo still featuring Zhang Ziyi, and the teaser trailer of the film.





And here's the teaser trailer that in actuality, gives teaser a bad name as it teases the audience with nothing but calligraphy.



For those who are puzzled by what the contents in calligraphy meant, here's the entire translated text, courtesy of YouTube user Halophyte.

"武以俠而傳江海萬流開史筆,道因情則久風雲一代證宗師"
- Their valor is transmitted by men of chivalry, accurately recorded by the brushes of history that begin to flow into myriads of seas, and due to the dao, the fortunes of their affection are long, and the elements once a generation bear witness to the masters.


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