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Director Wong Kar-wai on getting 'The Grandmaster' to the big screen

Poster art for Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic film, The Grandmaster

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"The Grandmaster" director Wong Kar-wai at NPR West.

Undated image of the real Ip Man (left) with his most famous pupil, Bruce Lee (right)


Around this time in Los Angeles, there are three words commonly heard: For your consideration.

One of the films that almost made it to the final list of best foreign language films was the sweeping martial arts film,  "The Grandmaster."

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The film is inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung Fu master, Ip Man. Most people know of Ip Man's most famous pupil, none other than Bruce Lee. Host Alex Cohen talks to the film's director, Wong Kar-wai about the movie, and what it took to get it to the big screen.

For those that wonder what it took to prepare the actors, here's a short documentary of the training the actors experienced to get ready. 

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