Specialty Box Office: 'Grandmaster' Fights To Top of New Releases; 'Blue Jasmine' Makes Overall Top 10 As Woody's Widest Release
fb.indiewire.com "The Grandmaster" -- already Wong Kar-wai's highest grossing film at the Chinese box office -- hit U.S. theaters this weekend care of Mr. Harvey Weinstein (in a version 22 minutes shorter than what China got), and got off to a very respectable start. In 7 theaters, the film grossed $132,259 for a $18,894 average -- the highest average of any film in release, wide or limited. The film is Wong's first release since his 2007 English language film "My Blueberry Nights," which The Weinstein Company also released.

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With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results. Ip Man is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn't keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground so he has to use every means in order to get out of there. The masters are amazed by his abilities. Master Kung and his daughter Kung Yi are amongst, and the latter is attracted to this newcomer. A high warlord is assassinated by his own guard Yi Xian Tian. All masters in Foshan vow to take Tian down no matter what...

"The Grandmaster" stars Chang Chen, Cung Le, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, and Zhang Ziyi.

Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
Written by Wong Kar Wai, Xu Haofeng, and Zou Jingzhi.
Produced by Jacky Pang Yee Wah and Wong Kar Wai.
Production company/distributor: Annapurna Films and The Weinstein Company.

Release Date: August 23, 2013

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