MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 102 this week

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

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  12 December 2008 (China)
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 132,693 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 137 user | 102 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 05 Dec 2010
 
a list of 31 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ip Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man (2008) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ip Man.

User Polls

Top 250 #222 | 14 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ip Man 2 (2010)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Yu-Hang To, Yi Huang, Biao Yuen
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into ... See full summary »

Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Gillian Chung, Jordan Chan
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Wai-Keung Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
3 Idiots (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Édgar Ramírez, Joan Allen
Mary and Max (2009)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot
Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana
Fearless (2006)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong
Hero (2002)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung
Warrior (2011)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Director: Gavin O'Connor
Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton
Ip Man 3 (2016)
Action | Biography | Drama
Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Patrick Tam, Jin Zhang
Edit

Cast

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:
Zhang Bo ...
Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Rong-Jun Cai ...
Cotton Mill Worker
Li Chak ...
Yip Chun (as Li Ze)
Siu-Kwan Chan ...
Waiter
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Chow Kong-Yiu
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mentor of iconic legend Bruce Lee See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Ip Man  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although it's the first film centering around Yip Man, the idea of doing a Yip Man biopic have been conceived for as long as 30 years. Donnie Yen was actually slated to play Yip Man in the supposed first biopic that was about to go into production in 1997. The film would've also featured Stephen Chow playing an adult Bruce Lee. However, only one day of shooting took place before the project was canceled. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie takes place in the 1930s, in the factory showdown with Ip Man, Jin Shanzhao is shown wearing modern-day jungle boots of the sort worn by today's soldiers, especially visible when Ip Man slams his foot with his long staff. See more »

Quotes

Miura: [after witnessing Ip Man single-handedly defeat ten Japanese fighters at once] What's your name?
Ip Man: I'm just a Chinese man.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Raid 2 (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Energetic & brilliant HK action drama
18 December 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is Donnie Yen's best acting piece for awhile now, and he still delivers the action sequences brilliantly. At 44 years of age, he looks so energetic, confident and charismatic. I believe the combination of Yen, Sammo Hung and Wilson Yip is the right choice for this particular film and fighting style. Wing Chun is best depicted without the flamboyant ballet of acrobatics often seen in other wushu films.

The movie doesn't dwell on historical accuracy, but rather use that settings to set the mood, deliver the message and simply tells you the life journey of a Grandmaster in an fun and entertaining way.

I remember that Richard Attenborough said (regarding Gandhi) that there was no way a director/movie maker could encompass and depict a person's life journey in only a 2 or 3-hour movie. But rather one should aim to emulate the spirit of that person, and the message/lesson of his story. I think this movie does that, with a quality production that raised the bar for period drama.

My rating is missing 1 point because I feel that there were plot devices that had been done-to-death before in other movies like: Fists of Fury, Fearless, Kill Bill, etc. However, Yip Man simply turns the notch to a higher sound-beating level.

Don't miss this on the big screen!


100 of 113 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
over-rated by a mile a_hat_trick
'IN 1945 china finally won the war...' spaxspore
Ip Man or Fearless? Ruxendil_Thoorg
What martial art did the Japanese general practice? oswaldo7777
The top 10 Chinese 'tough men' actors patrick8828
What did the writing say? moonlightsiren18
Discuss Ip Man (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?