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The GRANDMASTER - Wong Kar Wai


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#1 James Compton

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:17 PM

 I finally had a chance to watch 'The GRANDMASTER' at  a local cinema.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

There was a certain atmosphere to the film that reminded me of 'In The Mood For Love'. Wong's visual style, the story and Philippe Le Sourd's cinematography meshed well.

 

  The opening fight scene in the rain has a nice surreal tone. FUJI Eterna 500T 8573 and COOKE S4 lenses together, transformed dark reflective rain puddles into black velvetine ink. The top lit brothel

with lots of reflective gold trimming, shadows really hit a sweet spot in both color and luminance contrast. Le Sourd used black silk to shoot through like a curtain while Ip Man's (the main character) wife Gong Er is contemplating the future - creating a very soothing meditative effect.

 

  I have a nice collection of 35mm prints for home viewing, I am going to make it my business to locate

a print of this film.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:24 PM

One of the best photographed movies of the year!
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

One of the best photographed movies of the year!

 

 Yep! It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography. I'm glad to see the folks at the Academy actually watched the film and gave it a chance.


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#4 Saba Mazloum

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:05 PM

Quick question, 

The opening rain fight scene, the phantom slowmo shots, what shutter speed you recon he shot it? 

 

 

 

Thanks!


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