Ip Man
Hong Kong, 2008, 108 minutes, HD
The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee.
Ip Man Synopsis

An action-packed semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun and the mentor to Bruce Lee, featuring outstanding fight choreography by Sammo Hung.


In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.


“pleasingly old-fashioned” - The Guardian

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Reviewed by bennydelacruz
The genre is not what matters in this one but what level of acting, directing and choreography it took to get to results that would be appreciated by the world... more
The genre is not what matters in this one but what level of acting, directing and choreography it took to get to results that would be appreciated by the world audience.  The story centers on the plight of the Chinese people under the Japanese. It brings the audience to the center of Chinese predicament and it’s war history. Ip Man refused to fight in a competition against Japanese martial artists but was forced to do so and prove to them his skills and bravery. Ip Man won in many international competitions including the 2009 HK Film Awards where it won Best Action Director and Best Film. Donnie Yen’s performance was outstanding throughout. Superb facial expression and martial arts skill. He is an adept Martial Artist and has won many times in international Wushu competitions.  There are 12 fight sequences in the story with Donnie Yen performing in most of them. His skills in Thai, Japanese, Korean and other forms prove that Yen should belong with the immortals of martial arts movies: Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee as well as Stallone and Schwarzenegger.  The audience will either find themselves at the edge of their seat most throughout the entire movie, or entranced in drama sequences that would make them laugh, cry or applaud Ip Man’s competition victories. After this movie was shown, numerous Wing Chun and other Chinese Martial Arts studios reopened.  Wilson Yip, its director presented this half-fiction war drama in an elegant or shall we say stylish manner.  It will not disappoint martial arts fans.
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Reviewed by ronaldgonzales
Bruce Lee’s legacy has created a separate movie genre in Martial Arts. Yes we’ve seen old Chinese and other movies competing for attention but the likes of Jackie Chan, Tony... more
Bruce Lee’s legacy has created a separate movie genre in Martial Arts. Yes we’ve seen old Chinese and other movies competing for attention but the likes of Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa of Thailand and Jet Li and now Donnie Yen, are what sets post millennium martial arts films apart from other action movies. And in the realistic martial arts genre, i would say that Donnie Yen leads the pack. Ip Man’s setting is during the Japanese occupation of China. He turns down the Japanese offer for him to train Japanese soldiers.  This leads to him being challenged to face them in a tournament that the Japanese have put together but eventually, for the sake of friends and family, and for national pride, he stands up, accepts the challenge and faces his enemies with rapid punches in what would be some of the most unforgettable fighting scenes in world cinema. Donnie Yen does not have an imposing presence like say Schwarzenegger or Stallone but his dead serious stare is fearsome for even the likes of Mike Tyson. He does not have a Hollywood look nor tattoos to prove his red-bloodied-ness but he has that commanding stature that his enemies respect. His fighting skills are beyond acting..they are real because Donnie is a true martial artist aside from being just an actor, producer, director and action choreographer. He’s won world wushu tournaments many times. He is also well versed in many forms of Martial Arts including Tai Chi, boxing, jeet kune do, taekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Wing Chun.
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Reviewed by vickypierre
Donnie Yen easily belongs in the same sentence as Jet Li but has gone strangely undervalued in the west. This (snicker) true story (chortle) of the man who trained Bruce... more
Donnie Yen easily belongs in the same sentence as Jet Li but has gone strangely undervalued in the west. This (snicker) true story (chortle) of the man who trained Bruce Lee is one of the best showcases of his amazing abilities (see also Iron Monkey). The film he's in isn't too bad either, with some effective drama and nice visuals. The film has inspired a trend in Hong Kong of Ip Man biopics (including the almost as good sequel) but in terms of pure action spectacle, this is still the one to beat.
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