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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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Cheung (as Xiong Dai Lin)
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Li (as Lam Ka Tung)
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Jin (as Fan Sui Wong)
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Yuan (as Wong You Nam)
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Wei (as To Yue Hong)
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Yao (as Calvin Cheng)
Zhi-Hui Chen ...
Master Liu (as Chen Zhi Hui)
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Sato (as Shibuya Tenma)
Li Chak ...
Zhun (as Li Ze)
Shi De-Qiang ...
Southern Master (as Shi De Qiang)
Zhong Zhou ...
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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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12 December 2008 (China)  »

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Ip Man  »

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$11,715,578 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although it's the first film centering around Yip Man, the idea of doing a Yip Man biopic had 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

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 »

Quotes

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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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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