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Lakeshore Records has released the original score for The Grandmaster
22-Sep-2013 -

Featuring Original Music By Shigeru Umebayashi and Nathaniel Mechaly

Lakeshore Records has released The Grandmaster - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 20th and on CD September 24, 2013. The album features original music by Shigeru Umebayashi and Nathaniel Mechaly.

"Many people view Kung Fu films, released in the US or in China, as simple dishes like 'chop suey' - but to me, the Grandmaster is so much more - it is a grand feast of Chinese martial arts - not only in terms of the story but also of sound and music,” said director Wong Kar Wai. “On this specific project I worked with my regular collaborator, composer, and friend Shigeru Umebayashi who has worked with me since IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE as well as a new collaborator Nathaniel Mechaly.”

“For this score I did start out using many different instruments, in particular many Asian percussion instruments such as Taiko drums,” said Mechaly.
“Interestingly, the instrument Shigeru and I ended up using by far the most was the cello which is my main instrument that I've played all my life. I don't think I've ever played and recorded as much cello in recent years as I did on this film!”
The Grandmaster is the highly-anticipated new film by acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai. Six years in the planning and three years in the making, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kungfu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary cinema.
“Finally, as an homage to two great legends Sergio Leone and in honor of the great music of Ennio Morricone we used two tracks towards the end of the film - including La Donna Romantica and the amazing score from Once Upon a Time in America, the Deborah theme because we see this film as so much more than just a story of martial arts it truly is 'Once Upon a Time in Kung Fu.'” explained Wong Kar Wai.

The score is available from, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.


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