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Ip Man -- Behind every great martial artist lies a teacher. 
Ip Man, starring Donnie Yen, is the award-winning film adaptation about the life story of Ip Man, grandmaster of Wing Chun and mentor to legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee. 

Set in Fo Shan, China during the Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man vividly brings to life the brutality of the infamous Japanese occupation, where once proud men are forced to fight to the death for a precious bag of rice. Defined by courage and humility, Ip Man, whose fighting skills are revered all over China, rises to the fore front.
Upon refusing to teach his martial arts to the invading Japanese soldiers, he is forced to fight for the honor of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill-or-be-killed showdown with Japan’s greatest fighter.
Ip Man -- Plenty of martial arts action in this trailer for the period drama


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Edmond Wong (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 December 2008 (China) See more »
The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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14 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Donnie Yen ... Ip Man

Simon Yam ... Quan

Lynn Hung ... Cheung (as Xiong Dai Lin)

Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Miura

Ka Tung Lam ... Li (as Lam Ka Tung)

Siu-Wong Fan ... 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
Jaco Bo Zhang ... Jin's Underling (as Zhang Bo)

Kong Kam ... Jin's Underling (as Jin Gang)
Lu Kai ... Jin's Underling
Siu-Hung Leung ... Green Dragon Club Master (as Leung Siu Hung)
Ming Zhe Liu ... Righteous Club Master (as Liu Ming Zhe)
Hanhao Zhong ... Cotton Mill Owner (as Zhong Han Hao)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu-Kwan Chan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Yu-Lam Fan ... Cotton Mill Worker (uncredited)
Chen Ka-Da ... Uncle Wong (uncredited)
Qilong Li ... Master Lei (uncredited)

Mei-Fang Lu ... Cotton Mill Worker (uncredited)
Zheng Wang ... Cotton Mill Worker (uncredited)
Xu-Feng Yang ... Cotton Mill Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Wilson Yip 
Writing credits
Edmond Wong (screenplay)

Tai-lee Chan  (as Tai-Li Chan)

Produced by
Cheuk Kau Man .... assistant line producer
Kwok Lam Sin .... executive producer
Chi Pan Wong .... assistant line producer
Raymond Bak-Ming Wong .... executive producer (as Bak-Ming Wong)
Raymond Bak-Ming Wong .... producer (as Bak-Ming Wong)
Baoquan Zhang .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Sing-Pui O (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Mak 
Costume Design by
Pik Kwan Lee 
Makeup Department
Maggie Choy .... makeup artist
Samuel Wong .... hair stylist
Production Management
Cheuk Kau Man .... assistant production manager
Yuk-Lam Pang .... production manager
Eddie Wong .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Po Chun Chan .... first assistant director
Ka-Wai Kam .... second assistant director
Art Department
Wai Kin Lam .... property master
Wai Yan Wong .... set designer
Hsi-Jen Yang .... props crew
Sound Department
Chan Wan Au .... foley artist
Wing Lai Chin .... sound recordist
George Yiu-Keung Lee .... re-recording mixer
George Yiu-Keung Lee .... sound editor
George Yiu-Keung Lee .... sound
Iván Mayoral .... sound mixer: Spanish dialogue
Terry Shek .... sound effects editor
Burnard To .... foley recordist
Kinson Tsang .... sound
Henry Yam .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Ralph Chun Ho Poon .... visual effects artist
Henri Wong .... visual effects supervisor
Leo Au-Yeung .... fight instructor
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... action director
Chun Ip .... fight consultant
Chi Kit Lee .... assistant stunt coordinator
Master Lee .... stunts
Siu-Hung Leung .... action choreographer
Ke Ming Lin .... action choreographer
Kun Wang .... stunts: China
Yu Hai Wei .... stunts: China
Guo Yang .... stunts: China
Donnie Yen .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Siu-Kwan Chan .... grip
Yuk-Chuen Cheung .... gaffer
Other crew
Wai Kei Cheng .... script supervisor
Jennifer Dong .... creator
Chun Ip .... advisor and consultant
Master Lee .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yip Man" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for violence
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

While rehearsing a fight scene, Donnie Yen was reportedly injured when an axe wielder accidentally slashed the side of his left eye. Yen also had a masseur on set as he could not raise his right shoulder due to an injury.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wow, this is a instant classic!!, 12 March 2009
Author: lion_paw73 from Sweden

Oh man what a great movie, Just seen it and im stunned. This moves up to my number 5 top list of greatest Martial Arts movies ever. Ip Man was a great man in Chinese history and i can see why. This movie is so well directed and Donnie Yen suits great as a young Ip Man. Its so dramatic at times, you start sniffing your nose and gets sad and angry at the same time. Awesome movie which will be a true classic instantly. I Bought the two disc HK Special Edition and i will see the extras later today cause i will go to sleep now, if i can sleep. Cant wait for part 2. See this film in theaters or on DVD as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed. Kung Fu cinema is back and what a comeback. WOW!!

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