The Grandmaster is an upcoming Hong Kong action drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man.The film is directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony Leung as Yip Man.It is scheduled to be released on 8 January 2013 in China.It will also be shown at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
Wong,alongside actors Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi,Chang Chen and Zhang Jin, will attend the premiere of the film - which depicts the life story of wing chun grandmaster Yip Man - at UA Cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui's iSquare shopping mall.At a press preview in Beijing on Sunday,Leung and Zhang Ziyi bemoaned the difficulties three years of filming entailed.Zhang joked she would consider retiring from action films as she was getting old.
Leung,47,recounted suffering from multiple bone injuries and an inflamed trachea after a 30-day round-the-clock filming session.He said he could hardly believe it when Wong announced that the production was finally complete.
But something positive came out of all the kung fu practice for Taiwanese actor Chang, who plays a master of baji quan,a form of martial art that originated in Hebei province during the Qing dynasty.He recently won a national martial arts competition on the mainland.
Tony Leung as Yip Man
Song Hye-kyo as Cheung Wing-sing