Zhang Ziyi Wins Best Actress at 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival (And Looks Stunning)

On December 16th, the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award Ceremony was held in Macau at The Venetian.

Wong Kar-wai’s much anticipated film The Grandmaster proved that it was worth the anticipation by taking home two awards that night: Best Cinematography and Best Actress.

Zhang Ziyi, one of the top actresses in China’s film industry and best known for her roles in the Oscar-winning films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, was well-deserving of Best Actress Award. She was also awarded Best Actress at the recent Golden Horse Awards for the same role in The Grandmaster.

Zhang Ziyi plays the strong-willed Gong Er who learned Kung Fu in secret when women were not allowed to. Zhang Ziyi admits that she simply could not say no to Wong Kar-wai, but certainly did not expect the film to take three years to shoot.

Clearly, that decision was worth it. The actress did more than stun audiences with her acting, she also took everyone’s breath away with her red-carpet look to accept the award. Zhang wore a stunning Armani Privé Spring 2013 red latex bustier mermaid gown coded in strands of sequins.

Check out more of her stunning look below.

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Proof That Chang Chen Looks Good Doing Pretty Much Anything

One of the stars of The Grandmaster, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen is definitely a movie star, in the best sense of the phrase. He’s been casted in a number of films, including Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together, Three Times (for which he was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival), and the Ang Lee visual stunner, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

But besides being an incredible actor, we’ve come to notice that Chang Chen is one of those rare people that seems to be able look incredibly handsome pretty much all the time, during both the most exciting and banal of tasks.

What sorts of things, might you ask? Well, things like…

 

…taking a picture.
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…drinking water
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…riding a bike.
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…throwing a sweater over his shoulder.ChangC_4

…enjoying a cup of espresso.
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…sitting down in a room.
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…holding his face in his hands.
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…holding an umbrella.
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…and most impressively, getting ready to kick some butt in The Grandmaster.
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What’s your favorite Chang Chen look?

Wong Kar-wai Made Tony Leung Fight a Real Martial Arts Champion in The Grandmaster

After a successful run in China where it was released earlier this year, Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster opens in the US today, August 23. The story about Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, most famous in the West for training Bruce Lee, stars Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Cung Le, and Song Hye-kyo.

Director Wong Kar-wai is known for his intense, free-falling style of filming, where the actors often don’t even get scripts beforehand. (At The Grandmaster‘s Academy screening in July, Wong joked that people think he doesn’t have a script, but really, his scripts just aren’t finished until the film is done.) The Grandmaster, which took four years to complete, is his sixth collaboration with Tony Leung.

Leung says this was the first time, in all of his experiences working with Wong, that he actually understood his character prior to shooting — only because it was based on a real person.

“I was very confident on the first day on the set, because I know who I am, so I can respond to different situations,” says Leung. “Before [in previous films], I always had [only] little hints about the character… so I would feel very insecure and frustrated. Also, [this time around,] I always felt very positive and optimistic, and I never had this feeling of calm and peace [on a Wong Kar-wai film] before.” He laughs. “Maybe because all the characters [I played] when I worked with him were very dark and suppressed – very different from this one.”

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Ip Man not only had the physical skills of martial arts, but he also possessed the wisdom and the desire to leave a legacy that earns him the title of a grandmaster. To prepare for the role, Tony Leung learned kung fu for the first time at age 46, spent four years training, and broke his arm twice in the process.

He calls the opening action sequence in the heavy rain the most difficult scene he’s done in his acting career. It took 40 nights to shoot, and they shot during winter.

“We were shivering behind the camera every night after midnight, and we had to keep ourselves wet all night long,” says Leung. “We couldn’t even change our rubber-soled shoes, because if the camera sees [the dry shoes], then [the shot] would be no good.”

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Cung Le, a mixed martial artist and former International Kickboxing Federation Light Heavyweight World Champion, makes a memorable appearance in that scene, though he says that by the time he showed up to the set, the team had realized they should at least provide him with a wet suit for the bottom half of his body.

“I didn’t know that at the end, I’d have to fight a real champion,” says Leung. “Here’s a guy double my size, a real champion, and I was like, ‘No….’ But Kar-wai said, if you can handle fighting him, you can handle fighting anybody.”

His training paid off, which was confirmed both by Le and co-star Zhang Ziyi, a frequent star of martial arts films herself, on the red carpet of the Los Angeles red carpet premiere at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

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“I couldn’t tell that it was his first time doing [a kung fu film],” says Zhang, who also trained for eight hours a day and had three different masters teaching her various kung fu skills. “He’s such a great professional actor, and he made everything easier.”

“It was a really demanding and exhausting journey,” says Leung, who is proud of the team behind the film. “Everyone [did] their best.”

 

The Grandmaster is currently playing in Los Angeles and New York, and it will be released nationwide on August 30.

Check Out Zhang Ziyi’s Chanel Red Carpet Fashion at the LA Premiere of The Grandmaster

When asked what made The Grandmaster different than other martial arts films she’s done in the past, Zhang Ziyi responded: “I have no weapons in my hands.”

Check out Zhang Ziyi’s red carpet look:

A Chanel Fall 2013 black dress with a pearl-accented leather belt

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Fuschia lips and side-swept waves

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Black and gold Casadei pumps

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Chanel handbag

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Diamond earrings

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Add it all together, and you get a Grandmaster of red carpet style!

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Song Hye-kyo of ‘The Grandmaster’

Named one of Korea’s most beautiful women, Song Hye-kyo has certainly made a name for herself in her home country, starring in hit dramas and films like Full House, That Winter, the Wind Blows.

This month, she stars alongside Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi in the Wong Kar-wai-directed martial arts drama flick, The Grandmaster.

But, there’s more to the actress than just her stunning looks and remarkably impressive resume.  For those of you who aren’t in love with her already, here’s some facts about the South Korean beauty that are sure to get you intrigued.

1.  She’s released two photo/photo-essay books: 2011’s Song Hye-Kyo’s Moment and 2012’s It’s Time for Hye-Kyo.

 

2.  Naturally, she’s an advertiser’s dream, starring in ads and CF’s (commercial films) for big-name brands like Laniege, Levi’s, Etude House, and McDonald’s.

 

3.  Like popular actress Han Ga-in, Song Hye-kyo is a VIP.  Not just a Very Important Person, but a fan of Big Bang, whose fans are called “VIP’s.”  In an interview, she mentions how their music gives her “positive energy” and how the group’s “sense of freedom” is something that she enjoys.

 

4.  Her and former boyfriend Hyun Bin (of Secret Garden fame) were voted by Koreans as the couple they’d most like to see get back together (and we’d have to agree!).

 

5.  She puts her fame to good use.  Over the years, her philanthropy and volunteer work has included: providing funds to help establish an elementary school in China, volunteering at a local animal shelter, advocating for animal rights, designing a bag with mega-brand Celine in which all proceeds went to charity, and funding the creation of Braille guidebooks for the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan.

 

6.  She gifted her mother with a home worth 6,000,000,000 KRW (~$5.3 million).  It is the most expensive single family home in Korea.

 

7.  She recently showed off her singing chops in a super sweet duet with Superstar K2’s John Park called “Switch”: it was made to be the background music for a makeup commercial!

8. She’s a fashion favorite: besides appearing in various editorials for top Korean magazines like Elle, Vogue and High Cut, she’s sat front row at one of Chanel’s fashion shows, being invited by Karl Lagerfeld himself!

Event Recap: “The Grandmaster” Premiere in NYC

Yesterday morning, Zhang Ziyi made a guest appearance on Good Morning America in front of Times Square, New York. To counter the gloomy weather, Ziyi wore a stunning Vionnet Resort 2014 drop-waist ribbed dress.

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But that was only the beginning of the day. Despite the rain, Zhang Ziyi was all smiles because last night was the premiere of the much-anticipated Chinese martial arts film, The Grandmaster.

The film also stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love). Directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster follows the life of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (also known as the trainer of equally renowned Bruce Lee) during the chaotic time after the fall of China’s last dynasty.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to see this film. The Grandmaster will be released in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in on August 23rd and nationwide on August 30th.

Can’t wait that long?
Download Tony Leung’s Red Carpet Interview here
Catch Red Carpet photo’s here
And See Afterparty photo’s here

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Online Giveaway : Private Screening to THE GRANDMASTER

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The highly-anticipated Chinese martial arts film The Grandmaster  is hitting theaters this month! The film stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Zhang Ziyi (Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster follows the life of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (also known as the trainer of equally renowned Bruce Lee) during the chaotic time after the fall of China’s last dynasty.

Heres your chance to win tickets to a private screening of The Grandmaster on August 15th!

1) Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

2) Instagram a photo that represents your Asian heritage with the caption: #TheGrandmaster @WeinsteinFilms @audreymagazine!

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3) Retweet this post and comment with your Twitter handle and email address. Also include #TheGrandmaster, @weinsteinfilms, @audreymagazine in your Tweet!

The contest will continue until Wednesday, August 14th. Don’t miss out!
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