Wong Kar-Wai's Kung Fu Flick Gets Simultaneous Korea-U.S. Release

Wong Kar-wai's long-awaited new film "The Grandmaster" will be released in Korea and the U.S. simultaneously by major U.S. distributor Weinstein.

The release date of the movie starring Wong stalwart Tony Leung as well as Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen and Korean star Song Hye-kyo is set for Aug. 22 in Korea and Aug. 23 in the U.S.

The film was given a special U.S. preview by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, with Wong and Zhang in attendance.

"The Grandmaster" is a stylish kung fu film which portrays the story of a grandmaster played by Tony Leung and two women who love him played by Zhang and Song.

It was also selected as the opening film at the Berlin International Film Festival in February this year and the Chinese Film Festival held in Seoul and Busan last month, and racked up W56 billion (US$1=W1,117) in box office takings in China.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 26, 2013 12:23 KST