RZA is the narrator on the trailer for The Grandmaster, a film based on Ip Man, renowned trainer of Bruce Lee. The film is slated to be released in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles today (August 23). The film features Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Zhang Ziyi and it was directed by Wong Kar Wai. 

“This is actually the third incarnation of the film, which we shot in 22 months over the course of three years,” director Wai said in a story written for Huffington Post. “While each of our previous international debuts was thrilling, I’m very proud of the latest version that will be screened in American theaters. Perhaps not surprisingly, people have asked me about the reasoning behind re-editing the film, questioning why I chose to alter it from earlier iterations.”

Wai explained how the American version of the film differs from past releases of the film. 

“I was never interested in telling a watered down version of The Grandmaster in the U.S., or just trimming to cut back minutes,” Wai said. “It had to be a creative, sharp and honed vision. I was even able to add in substantial footage, beautiful footage, that was not in the original release. Ultimately, I worked to envision the most perfect clock or the essence of marital arts itself. It is all about precision and balance.” 

The trailer for the film, including RZA’s narration, can be seen below. 

RZA has been involved in other martial arts-related films, including Wu-Tang Vs. The Golden Phoenix and The Man With the Iron Fist, a motion picture he directed. 

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