8.1/10
167,162
152 user 104 critic

Ip Man (2008)

Yip Man (original title)
Trailer
1:48 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay),
Reviews
Popularity
1,315 ( 47)

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Top Rated Movies #235 | 12 wins & 15 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
Ip Man 3 (2015)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang
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 6.2/10 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
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
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
3 Idiots (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    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
Gladiator (2000)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Batman Begins (2005)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Cheung (as Xiong Dai Lin)
...
Ka Tung Lam ...
Li (as Lam Ka Tung)
...
Jin (as Fan Sui Wong)
Xing Yu ...
Lin
You-Nam Wong ...
Yuan (as Wong You Nam)
Yu-Hang To ...
Wei (as To Yue Hong)
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Yao (as Calvin Cheng)
Zhi-Hui Chen ...
Master Liu (as Chen Zhi Hui)
Tenma Shibuya ...
Sato (as Shibuya Tenma)
Li Chak ...
Zhun (as Li Ze)
Shi De-Qiang ...
Southern Master (as Shi De Qiang)
Zhong Zhou ...
Southern Master
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:

The celebrated Kung Fu master of 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,715,578 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the end of Ip Man's duel with Master Liao, Ip is shown to be flipping Liao to the ground at a position very close to the door. As soon as Liao is on the ground, the next shot shows both fighters having moved several feet away from the door when no such horizontal movement was made. See more »

Quotes

Ip Man: [Facing the Northerner Ip Man adopts his combat stance with an unsettling mixture of mettle and serenity] Wing Chun, Ip Man.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


52 of 90 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this on the top 250 when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon isn't? jimmyr5595
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
Discuss Ip Man (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?