Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai is known more for mood pieces and touchy-feely art house films than for kung fu action flicks, but that is precisely why there is so much anticipation surrounding The Grandmasters, his upcoming biopic about Bruce Lee’s legendary martial arts teacher Ip Man. The movie has been in development for five years now, and it stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai (In the Mood for Love, 2046) in the lead role along with Zhang Zi Yi, Chang Chen, and Cung Le. I know at least one person who probably can’t contain himself right now and his name rhymes with Creed Carrington.
Ip Man’s story has already been covered quite well by Wilson Yip with his own film Ip Man starring Donnie Yen, so it says something about Wong Kar Wai’s reputation that people are still very excited about his take on the material. The first full trailer has arrived online this week, and without English subtitles it’s a bit hard to tell what’s going on, but you can still get a feel for the exquisite visuals. If you’re not yet sick of seeing water droplets in slow motion, this is the movie for you. The Grandmasters hits theatres in China on Dec. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.