New York premiere with director Wong Kar-wai in person
Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (New York)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai. 2013, 108 mins. DCP courtesy of The Weinstein Company. With Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang. Wong’s most recent feature marks his seventh collaboration with leading man Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and the auteur’s astonishing return to genre filmmaking. A wuxia epic and biopic which possesses the spirit and levity of a King Hu masterpiece, the film follows the storied life of Ip Man—Bruce Lee’s mentor— through moments of major historical overturn in China, from the end of the Sino-Japanese War to the Imperial British rule over Hong Kong, in sublime elliptical action-vignettes. Reinvigorating wuxia form with inimitable aesthetic grandeur and complex narrative strategies, 特级大师 brilliantly synthesizes elemental principles of kung fu with tenets of historical national discourse to striking revelatory ends.
This event is sold out. Advance reservations are no longer being taken. Tickets may become available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. A stand-by line will be formed beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 public / $15 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above.