Katara DFI Cinema presents the MENA premiere of Hong Kong’s filmmaker, Wong Kar-wai ‘The Grandmaster’ (Hong Kong, China, 2013) from 12 to 17 December 2013 at The Cultural Village Katara, Drama Theatre, Building 16.
Five years in the making, ‘The Grandmaster’ marks the return of filmmaker Wong Kar-wai with a visually breathtaking tale of betrayal, honour and love. Set against the chaos of China on the brink of war and occupation in the 30s, the film tells the story of Ip Man – the legendary Bruce Lee’s real-life kung-fu teacher. True to his impeccable style, Wong mixes the martial-arts genre with melancholy melodrama and delivers a powerful saga culminating in meticulously crafted fight scenes that play out on the big screen as ravishing ballet sequences.
Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, Wong Kar-wai is internationally known for his visually unique and emotionally resonating work. He is the Winner of Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for his film, ‘Happy Together’ and is listed as number three on the British Film Institute’s ‘Sight & Sound’ Top Ten Directors list of Modern Times.
‘The Grandmaster’ premiered as the opening night presentation at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival with breathtaking action scenes by renowned action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (‘The Matrix’ (USA, 1999) and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (USA, 2000)) and strong performances by two of the biggest stars in Hong Kong cinema Zhang Ziyi (‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’(USA, 2000), ‘House of Flying Daggers’ (USA, 2004)) and Tony Leung (‘In the Mood For Love’ (Hong Kong, 2000), ‘Hero’ (USA, 2002).
‘The Grandmaster’ is an epic saga that balances martial arts action with genuinely moving and complex dramatic scenes. The film’s exceptional cinematography and visually breathtaking martial arts scenes are not to be missed.
For tickets, Box Office timings and full film listing, log in to DFI’s website or visit the Doha Film Institute Ticket Outlet in Katara, Building 26, where tickets are on sale now, between 1 pm to 7 pm. The Katara Drama Theatre Ticket Outlet (Katara Building 16) will be open from the 12 to 17 December, 30 minutes prior the day’s first screening start time.