Wong Kar-wai is a man who likes to tease his fans. After spending four years making 2046 he seems to be trying to top himself with The Grandmaster.
The film, based on the life of Yip Man, founder of Wing Chun and Bruce Lee’s mentor has been filming now for three years and has taken on almost mythic proportions. Starring Larkalong favourite Tony Leung along with Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang and Korean actress Song Hye-Ko, it seemed that there was light at the end of the tunnel earlier this Spring when we heard it would be released before the end of 2012. Piles of gossip, a set of character posters and one disappointing trailer later (it’s looking like a mix between Donnie Yen’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and countless other Hong Kong action films that have come out over the last decade) We have a confirmed release date of January 8th.
I will never give up on you Mr. Wong and even if it’s rubbish I still love you.
Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is so exquisitely rendered and precisely calibrated that it seems it could only have ever been conceived of as the pensive, formal meditation that it is. But surprisingly, neither Wong nor his stars—Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung—knew exactly what shape the film was going to take when they started working on it. As Wong’s behind-the-scenes documentary @ In the Mood for Love (a supplement on the criterion DVD edition) reveals, when they began shooting, the general sense of the project was more “naughty, erotic,” as Leung describes it, and even a bit goofy. Wong later made the decision to reshoot the entire movie, but delightfully, some of the footage from that original lighter film still exists. Watch this deleted scene, introduced by Leung, which will give you an idea of what the other In the Mood for Love might have been.
Set during the economic crisis of 2010, people from different walks of life find themselves struggling to cope through the financially turbulent time. The options to which they find themselves could lie heavily on their futures and their consciences.