Martin Scorsese presents The Grandmaster.
So, that’s how the much-anticipated Chinese martial-arts epic will finally play in America?
What a debacle it’s been getting this film to North American screens. It seems Hollywood can reserve the rights to opening some of its biggest American blockbusters for a Chinese audience, but the only products coming out of China to be quickly enjoyed in the U.S. are found on the shelves of Wal-Mart.
But the good news, if you’ve been anxiously awaiting the American release of The Grandmaster, is that the wait is almost over, thanks to Scorsese offering a most helpful push in locking down the American distribution rights. If you don’t have a clue what The Grandmaster is, here’s a trailer to fill in some blanks.
The story chronicles the legendary Chinese Wing Chun Grandmaster Yip (Ip) Man. If martial arts interest you, you’re probably well aware that Bruce Lee studied under Man before going on to explore his own life and combat philosophy called Jeet Kune Do.
Yes, The Grandmaster is highly stylized. It enjoys fight choreography from accomplished action director Woo-ping Yuen, the same man who directed Jackie Chan in the classic Drunken Master, and led the fight sequencing in game-changers like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
We also get the vision of a cinematic master, Wong Kar Wai (Kar Wai Wong), who has never shied away from telling both intimate and epic tales.
The Grandmaster will enjoy a limited release beginning August 23, then will roll out to more cities and theaters on August 30.