Featured an onstage conversation with the acclaimed filmmaker.
With a sneak preview of his film THE GRANDMASTER (2013)
Hosted by writer-director Matthew Weiner
The Academy’s summer celebration of kung fu continued with a salute to writer-director Wong Kar Wai and a special advance screening of “The Grandmaster,” his new film about the instructor who trained Bruce Lee.
Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar Wai is known for his unique sense of style and emotionally resonant work. The first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1997 film “Happy Together,” Wong has been called a “poet of time” by Sight & Sound and “perhaps the most revered and singular of Hong Kong auteurs” by The New York Times.
His other films include “Chungking Express,” “Fallen Angels,” “In the Mood for Love,” “2046” and his first English-language film, “My Blueberry Nights,” which starred Norah Jones in her acting debut.
“The Grandmaster” tells the story of martial arts grandmaster Ip Man (Tony Leung), who trained Bruce Lee. As he seeks to perfect his practice of the fighting style Wing Chun, Ip Man collides with another determined kung fu master, Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang), during the Japanese invasion of China in 1936 and the tumultuous years that follow. The cast also includes Wang Qingxiang, Chang Chen, Xiao Shengyang and Song Hye Kyo, as well as hundreds of Asia’s top martial artists.
The film has already been released in China and will hit U.S. theaters on August 23.
- July 22, 2013
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater