The-Grandmasters-Character-PosterWong Kar-wai’s The Grandmasters has been one of the most anticipated films of the year for a few years running now, and it looks like it won’t be seeing the light of day just yet once more.

The film was originally set for release in Hong Kong and China on 18th December, but now it has been pushed back to 8th January, 2013, with reports that the director has decided to go back and shoot more footage.

We were recently treated to a rather immense full-length trailer, and to ease the delay to the release date, four great new character posters have now been released.

“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…”

Tony Leung takes the lead as the renowned Ip Man, starring alongside Zhang Ziyi (Hero), Chang Chen (Red Cliff), Zhao Benshan (Happy Times), and Song Hye Gyo (Full House).

The Grandmasters is now set for release in China and Hong Kong on 8th January, 2013. Still no word yet on a UK or US release date, but Annapurna Pictures have the US rights to the film, and hopefully we’ll be seeing it secure a release date on both our shores early in 2013. For now, here are the great new character posters to help ease the wait.


Source: via Twitch.