The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

Tony Leung can fight - really, says The Grandmaster director Wong Kar Wai


Acclaimed dramatic actor Tony Leung really can fight, says auteur film-maker Wong Kar Wai.

Leung, widely acknowledged as one of Hong Kong's most accomplished thespians, stars as martial arts expert Ip Man in Wong's latest movie The Grandmaster, which opens in cinemas here next Thursday.

Speaking to local press at the Artscience Museum at Marina Bay Sands today, Wong, 54, said in Mandarin: "A lot of people will want to know - can Tony really fight? I can say that he has done it and has even exceeded all my expectations for the role."

Leung, 50, said humbly that the role was "indeed very challenging physically", because he had never done gongfu before. While training for the part, he suffered injuries, including a broken arm.