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Ip Man (2008)
"Yip Man" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  12 December 2008 (China)
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A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the successful martial arts master who taught the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to the world.



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Credited cast:
Chow Ching-Chuen
Ka Tung Lam ...
Captain Lei Chiu
Jin Shan Zhao / Kam Shan-Chau
Cheung Wing-Sing
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ...
Tenma Shibuya ...
Colonel Sato
Xing Yu ...
Master Zealot Lam
Zhi-Hui Chen ...
Master Liu
You-Nam Wong ...
Sa Dam Yun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rong-Jun Cai ...
Cotton Mill Worker
Li Chak ...
Yip Chun (as Li Ze)
Siu-Kwan Chan ...
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Chow Kong-Yiu
Shi De-Qiang ...
Southern master


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. Written by Riccardo Amadori

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (China)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming first took place in a storeroom in the industrial district of Shanghai. Having difficulties scouting a cotton factory suitable for shooting, set designers decided to recreate one in the style of the 1930s. They spent weeks transforming an abandoned storeroom into the Zhen Hua Cotton Mill Factory, a 1930s cotton mill factory founded by Ip's friend Chow Ching-chuen (played in the film by Simon Yam) during the Sino-Japanese War. It was where Ip Man first taught Wing Chun openly to the public. See more »


When Ip Man gives Yuan the box that his dead brother cherished and walks away (towards the camera), near the end of the shot, Yuan is seen to open the box. On the next cut-scene, the box is closed and he is seen to open it again. See more »


Ip Man: [hits Lei] Traitor!
Captain Lei Chiu: Why am I a traitor? Their deaths have got nothing to do with me. I'm just an interpreter. I need to scrape a living too!
Ip Man: Scrape a living? You watch your countrymen get beaten to death. Where's your dignity?
[walks away]
Captain Lei Chiu: I don't have any. You do. You have lots of it. If you have the guts, go beat them! Beat as many as you can! I'm an interpreter, not a traitor...
[throws book to the ground and shouts in Japanese]
Captain Lei Chiu: I'm a Chinese man!
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a touching movie
1 January 2009 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Ip Man is very touching and full of mildness,considering it's an action movie. Wisedom, courage, elegance, humour...all the mixed elements you surely will feel from Ip man and they will definitely move you. All actors have done a great job. I believe this is the best movie that Zhen Zidan has ever contributed. This time he is not only a warrior, but also a wise, gentle, and conscientious man, a good husband. People clapped hands and weeped from time to time. I have watched it for two times,and longing for the third time when the DVD is coming. You know, Ip Man did not ballyhoo before it is shown, but it undoubtedly becomes a huge dark horse. It is really worthy of watching it.

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