China wants to embolden its film presence in Hollywood. What better way than to take a masterpiece from one of its most widely celebrated auteurs and repurpose it in glorious 3D?
Wong Kar-wai’s ravishing martial arts epic “The Grandmaster” has been set for re-release in 3-D this October. A wide release is expected from its original Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Fide Films. Gener8 Media is handling the conversion, which Wong has supervised.
This exuberantly choreographed, sweeping chronicle of the life of Ip Man starring Wong regular Tony Leung became one of the Hong Kong auteur’s biggest international successes in 2013. It played well in US theaters as well, in spite of a whittled down Weinstein cut that all but handed the story to you on a silver platter.
Variety reports: “This is likely to be a special edition, probably resembling the so called U.S.-cut, but with added unseen footage,” said Jeffrey Chan COO of Bona. “Now that many people have seen the film everyone can tell that that there is far more material, and a broken narrative.”
“Grandmaster” did not receive a foreign Oscar nomination, though it was the Hong Kong entry. It was robbed in the cinematography and costume categories.