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


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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The screenplay for Ip Man was written by Edmond Wong, the son of film producer Bak-Ming Wong. See more »


In the bedroom, when Yip Man is reading, there is a modern lamp made of matte metal. See more »


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.
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Ip Man!
25 December 2008 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I had a choice of watching The Spirit or Ip Man. It is a tough decision and after a long while, I finally makes the choice of watching Ip Man. The director of Dragon Tiger Gate makes his comeback with his usual star, Donnie Yen. As expected, the martial arts fighting scenes are amazing. This director is amazing, he knows how to direct realistic martial arts fighting features in Dragon Tiger Gate. This guy can create, I can say, some of best martial arts movies.

The story: It tells about Ip Man's life, the soon-to-be master of the famous Bruce Lee. I can't say much about the plot but the fighting and the music are great. The Japanese soon attacks China which affects Ip Man and his family. Soon, he goes for a fight, organised by the Japanese, which can earn him rice. The Japanese General is impressed by his ability which leads to the final battle of all. It is fast paced with amazing fights in between and humour.

Overall: If you are a martial arts movie fan, this is definitely stunning and not to be missed. If you get entertained by any form of action and want to know the facts of Bruce Lee's master, this should also not be missed. Another good martial arts movie.

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