Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster will kick off the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival as the opening film on Feb 7.
Set in the 1930s China, the eagerly-awaited martial arts epic drama stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as the legendary Wing Chun master Ip Man, best known as mentor to Bruce Lee.
The all-star cast also includes Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shenyang and top Korean actress Song Hye Kyo.
'This is a dream project for me that I had been developing for many years. I am very happy to be able to present it in Berlin. I was already greatly looking forward to my returning to Berlin to serve as the president of the international jury, so seeing The Grandmaster presented there will make it all the more special for me,' says Wong.
Wong first explored the idea in 1996, then spent almost a decade in preparation and three years in production. The film with a running time of 130 minutes was released in China on Jan 8, followed closely in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Wong, who will serve as jury president this year, is expected to bring a new version to Berlin for its European premiere. It will be screened in an out-of-competition slot.
The film is a Block 2 Pictures and Sil-Metropole Organisation presentation and a Jet Tone Films and Sil-Metropole Organsiation production.