IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
FA YEUNG NIN WA
2000, USA Films, 98 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Wong Kar Wai

In early-1960s Hong Kong, a journalist (Cannes Best Actor winner Tony Leung Chiu Wai) moves next door to a secretary (Maggie Cheung); frequently left alone by unfaithful spouses, the two grow to become soulmates. Beautifully shot (by Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee), this haunting look at romance and regret was named one of the 25 greatest films ever made in the most recent Sight & Sound critics poll. In Chinese and French with English subtitles.


THE GRANDMASTER
YI DAI ZONG SHI
2013, The Weinstein Company, 108 min, China, Dir: Wong Kar Wai

The latest film from acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai is based on the life of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the kung fu expert who trained Bruce Lee. When grandmaster Gong Baosen (Wang Qinxiang) announces his retirement, Ip Man seems a likely successor – but Gong’s fiery daughter (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON’s Ziyi Zhang) doesn’t want to abandon the family business. Set during China’s Republican era (the country’s golden age of martial arts), THE GRANDMASTER is as rich with period detail and martial arts philosophy as it is with stunningly choreographed action sequences. In Chinese and Japanese with English subtitles.


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