In the past few years the legend of Ip Man, one of the most iconic martial arts masters, has been brought back to life by kung fu legend Donnie Yen in Wilson Yip’s films Ip Man 1-2 and in The Legend Is Born – Ip Man. Ip Man is famous as the father of Wing Chun kung fu and the martial arts instructor of Bruce Lee. Now Wong Kar Wai brings to the big screen another version of the legend in his film Grandmasters.
The film will be the fourth recent film that tells the story of the Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man. Wong Kar Wai's Ip Man biopic should be a radically different take on the legend than provided by Yip's Ip Man films, which put Ip Man up on an idealistic pedestal.
The film, Wong's first since 2007's My Blueberry Nights, stars Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam and MMA fighter Cung Le.
Wong Kar-wai born 17 July 1958) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylized films. Wong was listed at number three on the respected British Film Institute's Sight & Sound UK Critic's Top Ten Directors list of modern times.