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.