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Gorgeous cinematography? Check. Jump cuts and slo-mo? Check. Longing, lovelorn glances? Check. Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai's distinctive style is as present as ever in the new American trailer for his martial arts biopic "The Grandmaster."
The film stars Tony Leung (a frequent Wong collaborator) as Ip Man, the kung fu master who trained Bruce Lee. During the Japanese invasion of 1936, he clashes with Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), a trained master in her own right.
The trailer showcases several dazzling fight sequences choreographed by Yuen Woo-Ping ("The Matrix," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), including a balletic sequence in the rain. "Before he trained legends, he had to become one," the trailer's voiceover intones.
"The Grandmaster" opened in China earlier this year and kicks into U.S. movie theaters on August 23.