Bruce Lee

New take on kung fu king

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 June, 2004, 12:00am

Wong Kar-wai is diving into kung fu. While he may not be picking up any martial arts moves himself, the iconic Hong Kong director is looking to make a movie about the story of Ip Man, the real life kung fu master of Bruce Lee.

Ip was a grandmaster of the Wing Tsun school, and besides teaching Lee, helped popularise the style around the world. And of course Wong has chosen favourite leading man Tony Leung Chiu-wai (he played the lead roles in In the Mood for Love and 2046) for the part of Ip.

The film will also depict a young Bruce Lee since he trained with the grandmaster in Hong Kong for a few years during the 1950s before creating his own style, Jeet Kune Do.

According to Screen International, shooting for The Grandmaster is due to begin early next year. By the way, Wong's long-awaited 2046 will be released in early October.