ASIAN FILM - Video
16:26 - 6th December 2012, by David West

Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster Delayed Yet Again

Few martial arts have been as anticipated or as beset by delays as Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster.

Wong's bio-pic of the late kung fu master Ip Man, who is famous for being Bruce Lee's first instructor, was due out on 18 December 2012 but has now been bumped back again to 8 January 2013.

In the grand scheme of things, that is small potatoes given that the film started production in December 2009.

Wong's film was originally seen as being in direct competition with Wilson Yip's Ip Man starring Donnie Yen, but has now been left behind with Yip haveing long since released a sequel to his box office smash and inspiring several imitators in the process.

Herman Yau's Ip Man: The Final Fight is due out in Hong Kong in 2013, so Wong still has competition.

In The Grandmaster Tony Leung plays Ip Man and is joined on screen by Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen and Song Hye-Kyo.

While fans have been waiting for Wong's film, two behind-the-scenes videos have been posted online.

You can check out the first one here and then the second one here but sadly neither has English subtitles.

The films include some archive footage of the real Ip Man practicing his kung fu and the slender figure bears little resemblance to either the dashing Tony Leung nor the muscular Donnie Yen.

But, as the saying goes, if you have a choice between legend and fact, always go with the legend.

If Wong finally releases The Grandmaster in January, perhaps it will find its way over to the UK.

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