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Chang Chen and Tony Leung Chiu Wai
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Tofu and onion are not too compatible, but in the hands of Wong Kar Wai Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi make a very memorable dish
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Wong Kar Wai's first 3D film THE GRANDMASTER 3D (YUT DOI JUNG SI 3D) will open in the Mainland on January 8. Yesterday a premiere press conference was held in Beijing. Bona Film chief Yu Dong, director Wong Kar Wai, actors Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Max Zhang Jin, Wang Qingxiang attended. The director said that THE GRANDMASTER 3D returned to the silver screen in response to the audience's call. Now is the best time. He hoped for the film to be able to bring the audience back to the bygone martial art world with the best appearance and 3D technology.

At the event Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen and other stars expressed the unique flavor of director Wong Kar Wai in their hearts. Zhang Ziyi said, "The flavor of director Wong Kar Wai is the flavor of the moment when a match is lit." Chang Chen described his impression of Wong Kar Wai as whiskey. "The flavor is great in the beginning and has a lot that are worthy savoring." Working with Wong Kar Wai for the eighth time, Leung Chiu Wai joked that after the director quit smoking, every time he saw him he had the flavor of chewing gum.

Wong Kar Wai made a humorous simile with food. Wong Kar Wai compared Leung Chiu Wai to tofu, saying that he was "accurate, precise, his acting can be both meat and vegetarian, great both inside and out." Zhang Ziyi was like vegetable queen onion, "Spicy and crunchy it is a very northern specialty, but the flavor after maturity is sweet". Chang Chen would always be "little fresh meat" in the heart of director Wong Kar Wai, with "the always boiling like water cooked fish" Zhang Jin and the "as masculine as Lao Bai Gan" Wang Qingxiang, THE GRANDMASTER 3D was the ultimate feast of 3D sights and sounds.

THE GRANDMASTER 3D's production process took seven years of preparation, over three years of production and a year of 3D production, every drop of which collected the effort of the creators. Leung Chiu Wai said that the entire production process was very memory. When he watched Zhang Ziyi working on the night scene in the Northeast in 20 degrees Celsius below zero, he felt that she truly has contributed a lot. Zhang Ziyi felt that what she got from THE GRANDMASTER 3D already far surpassed what she gave. Working with director Wong Kar Wai she learned to enjoy film even more, and she was very happy to be able to receive his priceless friendship.

ON the day of the event, Chang Chen even revealed that director Wong Kar Wai would often have inspirations out of the blue, as he kept adding in these new ideas to the film. The director once asked him during his training, "How do you feel if I let Yi Tianxian perform Beijing Opera?" Chang Chen could not help but complain.

At the press conference, the real reason behind Wong Kar Wai's sunglasses was revealed. Sunglasses and suit have become Wong Kar Wai's symbolic look, actually it was the "price" that the director has paid for focusing on film over the years. With long term and excessive use at work, the director's eyes were very sensitive to light. Thus he would always wear sunglasses. Thus all the stars put on the sponsor's 3D "glasses" as a salute to director Wong Kar Wai.

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