Fantastic news if you love Wong Kar Wai’s film “The Grandmaster“.
HONG KONG — Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar Wai has set mid-October as the release date for a 3D version of “The Grandmaster,” his Oscar-nominated biopic of Ip Man, the martial arts maestro who mentored Bruce Lee.
The 3D version will be given a wide release by its Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Film Group, some 21 months after it took out the original in conventional 2D and Imax formats. Starring Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, the film earned Academy Awards nominations for costume and cinematography.
Conversion is being handled by Vancouver, Canada-based Gener8 Media, which previously handled stereoscopic work on “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Godzilla,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The conversion is being paid for by Bona.
Wong, known for his painstaking working methods, is reported to be “100% present and hands on.”
“We had originally planned to film ‘The Grandmaster’ in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, but also for the subtlety of the expression of this beautiful story,” Wong said. “We now have the opportunity to show the film as it was always intended – searching for a brand new aesthetic or cinematic language in the 3D format.”
“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.”
Current plans are only for a release in mainland China, but Bona said it will respond if there is interest from other territories.
I replaced the old and ugly screencaptures of Memoirs of a Geisha by more than 1800 HD screencaptures. Enjoy !
Ziyi was nominated by Wang Lee Hom (My Lucky Star) to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actress nominated TFBoys, Han Geng, and Sophie Marceau!
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ craze has spread to Asia, with numerous Asian superstars gamely taking up the challenge to splash icy water over their heads, in order to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS is a disease that damages the sufferer’s nerves and eventually leaves the sufferer paralysed.
Among those who took up the challenge were Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi, Wang Lee Hom, Singaporean Mandopop duo By2 and members of Taiwan band Mayday.
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ originated in the US. The premise of the challenge is simple. The participant either records a video of him or herself getting splashed over the head with icy water and posts it online or makes a donation to help fund ALS-related medical research.
Those who complete the challenge can then challenge others to take up the same challenge within 24 hours.
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has gained the support of many US luminaries like Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, who have inspired others to take up the challenge as well.
Ziyi covers the september issue of Harper’s Bazaar China. The shooting is really gorgeous… Take a look!
Several weeks ago Ziyi became the new face of the chinese brand Proya. The first TV commercial has been released few days ago. Check it out and take a look at the gallery to enjoy the promotional pictures of the Whitening Secret and the Day & Night Aqua Secret campaigns.
Update: I added the long version of the spot directed by Phillippe Le Sourd and the making-of. A page for Proya has been added.
On july 28th Ziyi attended a real estate event in the city of Jingzhou. The actress was lovely in her H&M yellow dress. Some pictures have been added to the gallery.
Ziyi covers the august issue of the chinese magazine Cosmopolitan. Some really nice pictures have been added to the gallery.
On july 14th, Ziyi attended a press conference for the chinese brand Proya. Indeed, she’s the new face of the brand and a tv commercial will be released soon. Some pictures of the press conference have been added to the gallery.