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yitian



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: The Grandmaster - One of the Best films of 2013 Reply with quote

The Grandmaster is Time Magazine Top 10 Best Movies
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/04/arts-and-entertainment/slide/top-10-best-movies/

5. The Grandmaster

Running at 2 hours and 10 minutes in its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Wong Kaw-wai’s dreamy biopic of martial arts master Ip Man was cut by 22 minutes — one-fifth of its running time — by U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company. That’s a crime akin to cutting random holes in a Bosch or Breughel painting; but what’s left is choice. The Hong Kong director makes superb movies (Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, 2046) that ignore narrative drive for tales of romance and regret in a rapturous visual style of slo-mo imagery and hazy closeups of wistful stars. Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who looks like a more beautiful Obama, plays Ip Man as a poet of gestural precision, in combat scenes choreographed by the great Yuen Wo-ping (The Matrix, Kill Bill). Leung’s partner in reverie is a female doctor, daughter and martial artist played by Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); she exudes a goddess’s solemn grandeur and is given a diva’s final aria — a fittingly elegiac climax for a world-class filmmaker who’s always in the mood for lost love.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW Top 5 (6) foreign language films of the year
http://www.nationalboardofreview.org/2013/12/national-board-review-announces-2013-award-winners/

2013 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 hosted by Lara Spencer
New York, NY – (December 4, 2013)

Full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: HER
Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adčle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Foreign Language Film: THE PAST
Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.
Best Ensemble: PRISONERS
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
12 YEARS A SLAVE
FRUITVALE STATION
GRAVITY
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
LONE SURVIVOR
NEBRASKA
PRISONERS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE SECRET LIFE OF MITTY
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (In Alphabetical Order)
BEYOND THE HILLS
GLORIA
THE GRANDMASTER
A HIJACKING
THE HUNT

Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE ACT OF KILLING
AFTER TILLER
CASTING BY
THE SQUARE

Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
IN A WORLD . . .
MOTHER OF GEORGE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
MUD
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
SHORT TERM 12
SIGHTSEERS
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster has been named Best Film by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, while its female star Zhang Ziyi was voted Best Actress. Johnnie To's Drug War won the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards, and Nick Cheung was named Best Actor for Dante Lam's Unbeatable.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Film - The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar Wai)

Best Director - Johnnie To - Drug War

Best Actor - Nick Cheung - Unbeatable

Best Actress - Zhang Ziyi - The Grandmaster

Best Screenplay - Wai Ka Fai , Yau Nai Hoi , Chen Weibin , Yu Xi - Drug War

In addition to Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster, the HKFCS presented a short list of 6 Hong Kong films from the 49 released last year, to which they give their recommendation. They are:

Drug War (dir. Johnnie To)

Unbeatable (dir. Dante Lam)

Ip Man - The Final Fight (dir. Herman Yau)

The Way We Dance (dir. Adam Wong)

Blind Detective (dir. Johnnie To)

Rigor Mortis (dir. Juno Mak)

Check out the links below to read Twitch's reviews of each film.


Read more: http://twitchfilm.com/2014/01/the-grandmaster-drug-war-top-hk-film-critics-awards.html#ixzz2qIG3w4oW

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‘Grandmaster’ tops Asia Pacific Fest Awards nominations
November 29, 2013 | 12:49AM PT

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/grandmaster-tops-asia-pacific-fest-awards-nominations-1200898590/

HONG KONG — Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” tops the nominations for the awards at the upcoming Asia Pacific Film Festival (Dec. 13-15, 2013,) which will be held in Macau for the second consecutive year.

Wong’s martial arts fantasy scooped nine nominations in the 12 available categories and competes for best picture.

Other best picture nominees are Kore’eda Hirokazu’s “Like Father, Like Son,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Tsai Ming Liang’s “Stray Dogs,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” and Georgia’s “In Bloom,” co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.

Judging the 25 pictures will be a jury headed by venerable Hong Kong-based producer Nansun Shi (“Infernal Affairs,” “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”). Other jurors include Malaysian director, actor, producer Afdlin Shauki; Claire Stewart, head of exhibition, British Film Institute; Christian Jeune, deputy General Delegate, Cannes International Film Festival; South Korean director Hur Jin-Ho; Taiwanese actress and director Sylvia Chang; and producer Zhang Zhao, CEO and executive director of China’s Le Vision Pictures.

Among the other standout nominees are Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” with 7 nominations, “The Lunchbox” with 6 nominations, “Stray Dogs” and “Like Father, Like Son” with 5 nominations each. Ilo Ilo, which last week claimed the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan earned 4 nominations.

In addition, prizes for best short film and outstanding achievement will be announced at the award ceremony on Dec. 15.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Info wrote:


Here's the full list of winners:

Best Film - The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar Wai)

Best Director - Johnnie To - Drug War

Best Actor - Nick Cheung - Unbeatable

Best Actress - Zhang Ziyi - The Grandmaster

Best Screenplay - Wai Ka Fai , Yau Nai Hoi , Chen Weibin , Yu Xi - Drug War


I kinda feared the list would look like that. Sad I`ve seen all the movies, except Unbeatable which is hopefully very soon in my mailbox and this one gets mostly very positive response.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't it be sweet justice if TL got an Oscar nod for Best Actor? (if Roberto Benigni can do it, TL can do it.)


I'm sick and tired of him being snubbed by 'local' awards and critics. Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In The Mood For Leung wrote:
I'm sick and tired of him being snubbed by 'local' awards and critics. Mad

Me too Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad .
I think they unfairly apply much higher standards to Tony evil

BTW, The Grandmaster just won The Denver Film Critics Society BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM Today thumbright . The other 4 nominated films are “The Great Beauty” “The Hunt” “Blue is the Warmest Color” and “The Broken Circle Breakdown”.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In The Mood For Leung wrote:

I'm sick and tired of him being snubbed by 'local' awards and critics. Mad

Same here!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony's role in "The Grandmaster" is not the sort of role that gets nominated for acting awards. It may have been the most difficult film he's done, but that's because of the physical requirements. The film isn't focused on his emotional journey. There isn't much of a character arch for him. If he ever should've been nominated for something, it should've been "2046" or "Lust, Caution," (though personally, I think the former performance more fitting than the latter for such recognition).

Until Asian scriptwriters are more concerned with character, than plot, Asian actors will continued to be undervalued by the West, and that's a damn shame, when we know full-well, the best Asian actors can go head to head with the best "known" great actors in the world.
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