Ip Man has become a familiar name, even to those who didn't know their martial-arts history, largely thanks to Donnie Yen's portrayal...but Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters will take another look with another all-star cast...
With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people sought to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters liked to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it was their practice to lock up the venues and no one was 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.
The film's cast and crew - including Tong Leung Chiu-wai (Hardboiled, Infernal Affairs), Zhang Zhi-yi, Chen Cheng, Cung Le, Song Hye-ko, while Yuen Woo-ping serves as fight choreographer, and Guy Lai, Frankie Chan and Lau Kar-leung - have all been martial arts advisors to the project. Leung trained extensively under wing Chun maestro Darren Leung for the film
Here's a sneaky-peek at the trailer. No UK date for release has yet been announced.