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Wong Kar-Wai Film Poster Art
Posted on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 7:00 am
by IDMA Editor

The American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, Wild Bunch and Jet Tone released this poster art for Wong Kar-Wai’s upcoming Ip Man biopic THE GRANDMASTERS.

The poster really punches me in the face . . . in a good way. No real surprise because the poster art for Wong’s films are usually superb.

What I love about this one is the iconic image of Tony Leung (Hero, Lust Caution) as Ip Man. Almost the “last man standing” in the rain, at night, near the end of what surely was an epic fight. Busted bodies strewn about, but a few more asses left to kick. It’s a view of the main character as a legend in the making. I really want to see this scene in the movie. That’s the whole point of a movie poster, right? To make you want to see the movie?

I also really like the use of space, drawing your attention straight to the lone fighter readying himself for another round of head stomping. So small in the frame, yet so large in defining the image. The washed out colors, high contrast, partial obscurity through the rain and the hastily written Chinese script all add to the atmosphere. In a way, the image makes me think of BLADE RUNNER. Not the poster for BLADE RUNNER, but the film.

Photo of Tony Leung (Hero, Lust Caution) as Ip Man - photo credit

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