The 63rd Berlin Film Festival opens tonight, with the Wong Kar-wai directed ‘The Grandmaster’ openingÂ the event. Yesterday morning, the film’s leads Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi flew from ParisÂ for Berlin in preparation for the film festival opening.
The film’s international versionÂ is 8 minutes shorterÂ than the 130 minute version shown in China and Hong Kong, but Tony Leung’s roleÂ in the film hasÂ increased. Two major scenes like Leung’s fight with Cung Le and Bruce Lee‘s childhood meeting with Ip Man will appear in the international version.Â Leung said, “I never thought that my role was less in the Mainland version, so I don’t feel anything too special about the added scenes. Instead I feel some adjustments to the story make it more intense!”
As for the fight scene with Cung Le,Â Tony LeungÂ remembered it like it was yesterday as he joked that he was already scared off before the shoot. “I already had pressure from working on a fight scene with him. Every time I saw him he would ask if I brought any protective gear, which added to my pressure. As the shoot went on, his martial arts truly were very high quality. He was able to control them at will. Our collaboration was very pleasant.”
The international version is shorter than the version shown in China asÂ director Wong Kar-wai deliberated and finally removed some of Zhao Benshan‘s scenes. Because his role discusses kung fu with metaphors, foreigners might not understandÂ them andÂ therefore he removed these parts.