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    Quote Originally Posted by LetTigerIn View Post
    I wonder if this is even going to play in an Atmos-equipped theater. I don't think there are many yet.
    The article said it'll play in the ones that are equipped for it. Should be interesting.

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    A year and a half ago that list was El Capitan and one auditorium at Arclight Sherman Oaks, IIRC.

    EDIT: Currently 10 theatres in the LA/OC/IE area: Sherman Oaks Arclight, El Capitan, Agoura Hills, AMC Century City, AMC Burbank, Krikorian Monrovia, Edwards Corona, AMC Ontario Mills, Edwards Irvine, AMC Orange
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    Thanks for saving me the trouble of having to look it up myself.

    Guess AMC Ontario is getting my business for this, assuming I do decide to see it. And **** the Weinsteins for making it a tough decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    And **** the Weinsteins for making it a tough decision.
    Yeah, it's going to be a tough call for me, too. I try to remind myself how many times I probably watched re-edited cuts as a kid, enjoyed them and didn't realize until later what I'd been missing.

    Not exactly a theatrical re-cut, but when I was in high school, one of my friends worked at an X-Rated theater that played an uncut Master of the Flying Guillotine. We didn't find out until after the fact that they did this. I steamed for years, but eventually they played it at the Sunset 5!

    Also, although not an Asian film, recently, one of my favorite films has been Margaret, which I only saw the theatrical cutdown version on cable. I bought the full length version but still haven't watched it yet.
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    Watch: Intense Trailer For Sion Sono's Nuclear Crisis Drama 'The Land Of Hope' | The Playlist

    The picture is set in the future, in the fictional Nagashima prefecture, and follows the Ono family, who after a nuclear incident, are faced with the choice of leaving their home—which is just outside the radiation zone—or fleeing to safety instead of risking exposure. "Japan is the only country in the world that has experienced the horror of nuclear first-hand in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now we've had a nuclear accident even worse than Chernobyl. It is only our responsibility to warn the world by reporting our experiences. This movie is my answer to that," Sono said in a statement. "It depicts what is happening in Fukushima and in Japan right now, through the story of one family. The nuclear accident severely tests the strong bond of this family."

    Doing the festival rounds last year, "The Land of Hope" is still without a U.S. distributor or date. But for those of you in the U.K., it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on August 26th.
    Looks ****in' great.

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    Read The Grandmaster And Ain't Them Bodies Saints Comics For Free Online - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

    The Grandmaster comic is hosted by Vice – thanks to wongkarwai.net for pointing me towards it – and is available to read as a motion comic, when read in a browser on a computer. The comic is basically a stripped back, shortened and more simplified version of the film. I’m sure Harvey loves it.

    It does feature some rather lovely artwork though and is certainly worth taking a look at.

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    One Horizontal, One Vertical: Some Preliminary Observations on Wong Kar-wai

    The Grandmaster is a martial-arts film, whose complicated narrative strategies and ambitious attempt to re-stylize a form that—on the evidence of the past ten years of Chinese action blockbusters—looks to be increasingly moribund, sets it apart from its generic brethren. The film dutifully works through the high points of the biography of Ip Man, the founder of wing chun and mentor to Bruce Lee, but in an often elliptical fashion, heavily dependent on intertitles for context and plot, punctuated with flashbacks and flash-forwards (some marked, some unmarked). These create a varied narrative rhythm with “abnormal” pauses and accelerations that seem to echo the alternating stop-start, slo-mo/hyper-speed syncopations of the film’s action scenes. The first wave of English-language reviews coming out of the Chinese and Berlin premieres—whose different versions contained many minor and some significant variations (I write about the China version here)—complained about the film’s “ill-behaved” narrative speed and structure. This may be a deliberate strategy on Wong’s part; it may betray an as yet unresolved tension in the film between its loyalty to genre and its historical ambitions. The Grandmaster both fulfills and frustrates the requirements of the period action-movie biopic, Wong continually puncturing the fabric of his generically templated narrative with his radical telescoping of events and chronological leaps. Not just conventionally mapping narrative onto (a) real life, in The Grandmaster Wong is mapping cinema onto history—or, if you will, imbricating history into cinema.

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    Retrospective: The Films Of Wong Kar-Wai | The Playlist

    Worth a look, as the last page has embedded YouTubes of a number of his short films and commercials.
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    Another lost classic is "Giant Robot" 1967. Who didn't cry when Giant Robot flew into space to destroy his nemesis and also himself? Just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye. Poor Johnny Sokko crying as his robot gives up his life to save Japan.

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    New Poster, Trailer And Featurette For The US Release Of The Grandmaster And Critics Begin To Weigh In On The Cuts - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors



    Nice poster, but ONCE UPON A TIME IN KUNG FU!?!?! Seriously?!?!?

    New Poster, Trailer And Featurette For The US Release Of The Grandmaster And Critics Begin To Weigh In On The Cuts
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    The GrandmasterThe marketing is really ramping up for the American release of Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, or Martin Scorsese Presents The Grandmaster to give it its ‘proper’ title.

    It was also announced this week that Samuel L. Jackson is also lending his name to the film. Er… So, Martin Scorsese And Samuel L. Jackson Present The Grandmaster?

    It would be nice if Wong Kar-wai’s name was in there somewhere wouldn’t it.

    The above poster was one of many the many new promotional items released this week to help publicise the film. It debuted at IGN, where it was described as the “final poster”. Presumably the final one until the film gets a release in other countries.

    There’s still no sign of it here in the UK. Well apart from that HK Blu-ray of it sitting on my shelf.

    I’m not a big fan of either of the taglines on that poster – the first is a horrible pun that awkwardly ties into unrelated films and the other unnecessarily pushes the Bruce Lee connection – but at least it has Wong Kar-wai’s name on it. That seems almost surprising at this point.

    Yahoo also debuted a new trailer for the film this week and for some reason it’s scored by RZA. Don’t get me wrong I love RZA – well his production more than his vocals – but it doesn’t particularly fit the mood of The Grandmaster and it seems an odd choice to use a track that is associated with another martial arts film that recently flopped at the box office.

    A new featurette was also released at Hulu this week and it features Keanu Reeves, John Fusco and Elvis Mitchell talking about Yuen Woo Ping’s action direction.

    With the new American cut of the film having screened to American critics, those that imported the film from Hong Kong are beginning to make comparisons between the two cuts.

    David Ehrlich at Film.com posted a list of the changes in the American cut that he felt ruined the film but critic Glenn Kenny was much more forgiving in a series of Tweets about the two cuts,

    Just saw the U.S. cut of Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” and am pleased to be able to say the film remains exquisite.

    — Glenn Kenny (@Glenn__Kenny) August 9, 2013



    Looking at HK BR of GRANDMASTER. The US cut is a radical restructure emphasizing unrequited love over martial arts history. Both valid

    — Glenn Kenny (@Glenn__Kenny) August 9, 2013
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