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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: The Grandmaster running for best foreign film in Oscars Reply with quote

Hong Kong enters Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster to Oscars

23 September, 2013 | By Michael Rosser



http://www.screendaily.com/news/hong-kong-enters-grandmaster-to-oscars/5060705.article

Martial arts epic entered for inclusion in the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2013.

Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster has been chosen as the official entry of Hong Kong to the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film Award.

The film, which debuted in China and Hong Kong in January and opened the Berlin International Film Festival in February, was released by The Weinstein Company in the US on Aug 23, where it has so far grossed $6.3m. This is part of a worldwide gross in excess of $63m.

The martial arts epic, set in 1930s China, stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Infernal Affairs) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and tells the story of kung fu icon Ip Man.

It was produced by Wong’s Jet Tone Films and Block 2 Pictures, Hong Kong’s Sil-Metropole Organisation, and China’s Bona Film Group.

The other two finalists for the Oscar submission included box office smash Unbeatable and Ip Man: The Final Fight, directed by Herman Yau

The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards will be announced on Jan 16, 2014. The 86th Oscar Ceremony will take place on March 2, 2014.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oscars: Hong Kong Nominates Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' for Foreign Language Category

12:57 AM PDT 9/23/2013 by Karen Chu

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-hong-kong-nominates-wong-634287

The film opened in the U.S. on Aug. 23, distributed by The Weinstein Co., and has grossed $6.3 million thus far.

HONG KONG – Director Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster has been selected to be Hong Kong's representative in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards.

Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Infernal Affairs, Lust, Caution) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; My Lucky Star), The Grandmaster was screened in Los Angeles during a special salute to Wong -- whose other credits include Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and My Blueberry Nights -- by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on July 22.

The drama, about the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man -- kung fu icon Bruce Lee's martial arts mentor -- was produced by Wong's Jet Tone Films and Block 2 Pictures, Hong Kong's Sil-Metropole Organisation and China's Bona Film Group, and took six years in planning and three years in the making.

The film was released in January in Hong Kong and China. It took in $2.8 million (HK$22 million) in Hong Kong, and close to $49 million (300 million yuan) in China, making it the highest-grossing film in the director's career. It also opened in the U.S. on Aug. 23, distributed by The Weinstein Co., and has grossed $6.3 million thus far.

The Grandmaster was chosen over two other finalists. MMA drama Unbeatable, which is the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong in 2013 so far, was also on the shortlist, as well as another drama about the life of the martial arts master, Ip Man: The Final Fight, directed by Herman Yau and starring Anthony Wong (The Painted Veil).
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hong Kong Picks ‘Grandmaster’ for Oscars Fight

September 23, 2013 | 02:12AM PT
Patrick Frater

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/hong-kong-picks-grandmaster-for-oscars-fight-1200661343/

HONG KONG — Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” has been selected as Hong Kong’s nominee in the foreign-language Academy Awards category.

The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi in a story about the martial arts master Ip Man, who in later life was Bruce Lee’s mentor.

The selection was made by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong, which had also shortlisted “Unbeatable,” directed by Dante Lam, and another Ip Man biopic “Ip Man: The Final Fight,” directed by Herman Yau.

The highly stylized “Grandmaster” premiered commercially in Hong Kong and China in January and subsequently was set as the opening film of the Berlin film festival in February.

It was produced by Wong’s Jettone and Block 2 Pictures with funding from SIL-Metropole Organisation and China’s Bona Film Group.

Released on an expanding platform release in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company, “Grandmaster” has so far scored $6.29 million at the stateside box office. International sales in different territories are handled by France’s Wild Bunch and by Hong Hong’s Fortissimo Films.
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Oscar predictions 2014: The Grandmaster

http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/sep/24/oscar-predictions-2014-grandmaster

Our series continues with a look at Wong Kar-wai's martial arts epic, Hong Kong's representative in the race

The Grandmaster
Production year: 2013
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 130 mins
Directors: Wong Kar-Wai
Cast: Tony Leung, Woo-ping Yuen, Zhang Ziyi

What's it all about?

A two-hour-plus treatment of the complicated life of Ip Man, wing chun master and legendary teacher, who died in 1972 aged 79. Apart from his own accomplishments, Ip gained posthumous renown after one of his students, Bruce Lee, achieved worldwide fame as a film actor. With Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in the lead role, The Grandmaster covers his tumultuous early life, against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, up until his death. It's full of elaborate, emotionally charged confrontations with Ip's challenger Gong Er (played by Zhang Ziyi).

How did it happen?

After the 2007 fiasco that was My Blueberry Nights, director and sunglasses devotee Wong Kar-wai has stayed quiet, releasing only Ashes of Time Redux, a reworking of his 1994 film Ashes of Time. He spent three years researching martial arts and shooting this one, which was bankrolled largely by American producer Megan Ellison. China got the full 130-minute cut of the film but the US – at the behest of Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein – saw one that came in well under two hours.

Nominations it wants

Best foreign language would be its most likely berth, and it's just cleared the first hurdle, having been picked by Hong Kong as its representative. With Weinstein's legendary campaigning skills, you'd expect it to be there on awards night. Any other noms would be a long shot.

What it might win

As above. Hong Kong has never won the best foreign Oscar. At this stage the smart money is on Saudi Arabia's Wadjda. But they don't have Weinstein in their corner.

Reasons to fall for it

It really is an amazing-looking, brilliantly-made film, a thoroughly Wongian (or should that be Wongesque?) take on a familiar, easily-digestible genre. Wong, for better or worse, remains a proper auteur, who goes his own way; the Academy may well see this as an opportunity to say thanks.

Reasons it might fail

The Grandmaster is no Crouching Tiger: where the latter was all high-bounding joie de vivre, Wong's film is solemn, stately, and not exactly easy to disentangle. The purist art-cinema crowd will admire it, but it will struggle to entice the Hollywood mainstream.

When can we see it?

It's been and gone in the US, though on past form there may be a small re-release to snare Oscar-related buzz. No UK release appears to be imminent, sadly, so unless you were in Berlin you may not get to see it on the big screen.

In six words

In the mood for kung fu.
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