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Yip Man (2008)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheung (as Xiong Dai Lin)
Li (as Lam Ka Tung)
Jin (as Fan Sui Wong)
You-Nam Wong ...
Yuan (as Wong You Nam)
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


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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In the last great war one man defied an empire... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Ip Man  »


Box Office


$11,715,578 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for Ip Man (2008) was written by Edmond Wong, the son of film producer Raymond Bak-Ming Wong. See more »


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 »


Ip Man: [Facing the Northerner Ip Man adopts his combat stance with an unsettling mixture of mettle and serenity] Wing Chun, Ip Man.
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Donnie Yuen finally gets the spotlight he always deserves
11 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Ip Man has quenched our thirst of a real good martial art movie where we don't just watch man kicking asses but where we can appreciate the man's moral and virtues.

The movie flows well, from the view of the kungfu street of Fo Shan, to the introduction of Ip Man, and so on. Scene by scene are there in a well done play, and when someone had to display martial art act, they don't just throw bunch of minions out from nowhere to have him beating them all over. I think the scenario is well written.

Fight choreography is great. Different approach from what we usually see, people doing flashy flying kicks and sorts; since it is about wing chun, feet hardly ever leave the ground but it doesn't decrease the beauty and flashiness of the fights.

People may complain about bits that might not fit the real condition of those era. Well, I think producers have to make sure they made entertaining movies, not documentaries.

Last words, Donnie Yuen has always been a good martial art actor, he just never get the spotlight. And finally as Ip Man he gets to stand on where he deserves.

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