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The Weinstein Company Nabs Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Out of Berlin

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 7, 2013 at 1:0PM

Hot off of opening the Berlin International Film Festival, Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" has landed a North American home at The Weinstein Company, who acquired U.S. and English speaking Canadian territories rights from Annapurna. The film already opened in China last month where it's just reached over $50 million at the Chinese box office making it the auteur's highest-grossing film in his career.
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"The Grandmaster"

Hot off of opening the Berlin International Film Festival, Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" has landed a North American home at The Weinstein Company, who acquired U.S. and English speaking Canadian territories rights from Annapurna. The film already opened in China last month where it's just reached over $50 million at the Chinese box office making it the auteur's highest-grossing film in his career.

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In a statement, Wai said, “I am pleased to continue our long-time and multi picture collaboration with TWC on 'The Grandmaster.' With Harvey’s expertise and his passion for this genre, I am confident that he and his team will reach new heights with 'The Grandmaster' by cultivating hardcore action fans as well as exciting and pleasing those long time fans of my films."

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Harvey Weinstein added, "We here at TWC feel truly honored to be able to continue our relationship with Wong Kar Wai and Annapurna.  Wong Kar Wai is such an extraordinary filmmaker, and 'The Grandmaster' is no exception as he takes the audience on an exciting and emotional ride. Annapurna has come to be one of the great cutting edge new companies in our industry.  They have produced numerous award-winning films including 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'The Master' which we had partnered on, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with them again as they have shown invaluable support to our campaigns."

This article is related to: Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company, Berlin International Film Festival, The Grandmaster, Wong Kar Wai