Wong Kar-wai's New Film to Open 2013 Berlinale
    2012-12-20 10:41:39     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Xie Tingting

(From left to right) Chang Chen, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Zhao Benshan are featured in a poster of director Wong Kar-wai's film "The Grandmaster". [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Handout]

The long-awaited film "The Grandmaster" by Chinese director Wong Kar-wai will be the opening film at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in February, organizers have announced.

Dieter Kosslick, the festival director, said Wong "has added a new and exciting facet to his body of work, and created an artful, visually powerful genre film."

Set in 1930s China, "The Grandmaster" stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai as Yip Man, the real-life kung-fu mentor of Bruce Lee. The cast also includes Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan and South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.

Director Wong, who is known for his slowness in making films, has been involved in the project for 10 years.

The film will be screened out of competition at the Berlin festival, where Wong also will serve as the jury president.

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will run February 7-17.

"The Grandmaster" is slated for release in China on January 8. Several other countries, including Germany, expect it to be released in the spring.

Related: Wong Kar-wai to Head Berlinale Jury

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