10 years. That’s how long the Grandmasters has been in production. Some have waited longer than others, but there is finally a date that we can anticipate seeing this movie in a theater. As promised, the release date was given out today, and that date is….December 18th.
For those that don’t know about the film, it stars Tony Leung as as Ip Man and is directed by Wong Kar Wai. For those that think this movie is jumping on the “Ip Man train” remember it’s been in production for 10 years, Wong Kar Wai is just really, really picky about things.
Check out the synopsis below:
With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results.
Ip Man is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn’t keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground so he has to use every means in order to get out of there. The masters are amazed by his abilities. Master Kung and his daughter Kung Yi are amongst, and the latter is attracted to this newcomer. A high warlord is assassinated by his own guard Yi Xian Tian. All masters in Foshan vow to take Tian down no matter what.
A microblog was also created for the film, giving away 1218 special edition “Grandmaster Invitations” to lucky winners. I’m not sure what the number represents, but I’m sure it has some sort of meaning behind it. In case you are curious, this is what they look like.
Anyways, I’m curious to see how this movie does after being in development for so long. While I’d like to assume the action will be very solid and worthwhile, the trailer makes me worry a little bit. But hey, at least we know when it’s coming and I’m sure there will be more trailers to come.
Here is the previously released teaser trailer:
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