“The Grandmaster” is said to be Wong Kar Wai’s most commercial film. It opened strong in China in January, making more than $50 million at the box office and is the director’s highest-grossing film. After multiple edits, “The Grandmaster” in its current version is screening at 120 minutes, though a four-hour version of the film is said to exist.
At the press conference for the film, the 56-year-old Wong said he’d had the idea the film since 1999, after seeing a Super 8 film of Ip Man taken three days before his death in 1972. In the clip, the 79-year-old is in his pajamas, in his living room with cats and grandchildren watching as he demonstrates his art. For a moment, with his back to the camera, he stops. “It’s a very agonizing moment,” said Wong.
“Either he’s too weak or he’s too tired to carry on. Or he simply forgot it. And that’s the moment that really moves me.” (via)