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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

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Edmond Wong (screenplay) and
Chan Tai-Li
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Release Date:
12 December 2008 (China) See more »
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Tagline:
The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee See more »
Plot:
A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
14 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best martial art films of this decade See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Donnie Yen ... Yip Man

Simon Yam ... Chow Ching-Chuen
Ka Tung Lam ... Captain Lei Chiu

Siu-Wong Fan ... Jin Shan Zhao / Kam Shan-Chau

Lynn Hung ... Cheung Wing-Sing
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Miura
Tenma Shibuya ... Colonel Sato
Yu Xing ... Master Zealot Lam
Chen Zhi Hui ... Master Liu
You-Nam Wong ... Sa Dam Yun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhang Bo ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Li Chak ... Yip Chun (as Li Ze)
Siu-Kwan Chan ... Waiter
Xu Chuan-Jian ... Cotton Mill Worker
Shi De-Qiang ... Southern master
Yu-Lam Fan ... Cotton Mill Worker
Wang Hui-Liang ... Cotton Mill Worker
Liu Jun ... Cotton Mill Worker
Chen Ka-Da ... Uncle Wong
Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing ... Chow Kong-Yiu
Lu Kai ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Kong Kam ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling (as Kong King)
Siu-Hung Leung ... Green Dragon Club Master
Ming Zhe Liu ... Righteous Club Master
Li Qin Long ... Master Lei
Lu Mei-Fang ... Cotton Mill Worker
Han Meng-Xin ... Lei Chiu's daughter
Sheng Qi-Rong ... Lei Chiu's father
Cai Rong-Jun ... Cotton Mill Worker
Shi Rui-Jun ... Cotton Mill Worker
Yu-Hang To ... Hu Wei
Mao Wen-Jun ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Wang Xiao-Fang ... Yip Man's maid
Ming-Yu Xu ... Cotton Mill Worker
Yang Xu-Feng ... Cotton Mill Worker
Ding Yi-Lan ... Cotton Mill Worker
Ku Yin ... Cotton Mill Worker
Gao Yuan ... Cotton Mill Worker
Bian Zheng ... Cotton Mill Worker
Wang Zheng ... Cotton Mill Worker
Zhong Zhou ... Master Ho

Directed by
Wilson Yip 
 
Writing credits
Edmond Wong (screenplay)

Chan Tai-Li 

Produced by
Cheuk Kau Man .... assistant line producer
Kwok Lam Sin .... executive producer
Bak-Ming Wong .... executive producer
Bak-Ming Wong .... producer
Chi Pan Wong .... assistant line producer
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
Terry Shek .... sound effects editor
Burnard To .... foley recordist
Kinson Tsang .... sound
Henry Yam .... foley artist
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound editor
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound re-recording mixer
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ralph Chun Ho Poon .... visual effects artist
Henri Wong .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Leo Au-Yeung .... fight instructor
Ip Chun .... fight consultant
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action director
Chi Kit Lee .... action choreographer
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
Ip Chun .... advisor and consultant
 

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Additional Details

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

Trivia:
Although not mentioned in the film Grandmaster Yip Man was actually employed as a police officer during the Japanese invasion.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the bedroom, when Yip Man is reading, there is a modern lamp made of matte metal.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in 72 ga cho hak (2010)See more »

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79 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
One of the best martial art films of this decade, 10 January 2009
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Excellent direction, photography and set design enliven this account of Wing Chun instructor Yip Man's life before he moved to Hong Kong. Every Wing Chun instructor today tries to make a lineage connection to Yip Man to legitimize their teaching so he is a very important figure in Kung Fu. Donnie Yen portrays the master with intense reserve and is possibly the best acting in his career. It surprised me for sure.

The story line of this film is invented as historical accounts show Yip Man to have been a police officer in the time frame this film covers, not staying at home and only practicing kung fu as depicted here. Also the film claims that he refused to teach anybody but that is also not true. He left for Hong Kong a few years after WW2 not in the middle of it as this film presents. The plot with the Japanese army seems invented although they did ask him to teach the troops which he refused.

However the film muddies up the historical record, that is not to say it isn't a great film. Sammo Hung's choreography is exceptional and a throwback to his great kung fu films of the early 1980's. The martial arts are done with great respect to traditional styles although some wire work is used to assist the actors with the difficult acrobatic moves. No flying across the room in this film.

Although the ending is a little abrupt, this is one kung fu film that can be recommended to people who don't like these films. Highly recommended.

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