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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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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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  (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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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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The Japanese soldiers wear us modern US military ribbons.See more »
Anachronisms: In the bedroom, when Yip Man is reading, there is a modern lamp made of matte metal.See more »
Ip Man:[hits Lei] Traitor!
Captain Lei Chiu:Why am I a traitor? Their deaths have got nothing to do with me. I'm just an interpreter. I need to scrape a living too!
Ip Man:Scrape a living? You watch your countrymen get beaten to death. Where's your dignity?
[walks away]
Captain Lei Chiu:I don't have any. You do. You have lots of it. If you have the guts, go beat them! Beat as many as you can! I'm an interpreter, not a traitor...
[throws book to the ground and shouts in Japanese]
Captain Lei Chiu:I'm a Chinese man!
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151 out of 168 people found the following review useful.
Powerhouse performance by Donnie Yen, 14 December 2008
Author: DouglasQuaid from Beijing, China

Donnie Yen is a long time favorite of mine, although this is mainly due to his martial arts skills and screen presence rather than his acting skills. In Ip Man (or Ye Wen, as they were shouting in the seats next to mine) he delivers a truly solid performance on the acting side, carrying the burden of a nation on his shoulders with gravitas, at least that's what he conveyed to the audience at the cinema. They were actually applauding at times. Then again, moviegoers might be more absorbed over here on a regular basis. I digress.

I'm not going to delve deeper into plot details. The basic stuff is already outlined above, and I also feel the historical accuracy of certain events depicted can be debated. That's a bit of a moot point, though, since most people will watch this for the action scenes. Nobody will be disappointed. Donnie kicks twelve kinds of ass in this movie, and it is all accompanied by some of the meanest sound design I've ever heard. Every one of his rapid punches can be felt as he pummels the poor bastards in his way with the Ip Man-style of martial arts (imdb won't let me spell out the name for some reason). The final bout is epic,but for me it was one scene about halfway through that got my heart beating faster. It involves Donnie, ten Japanese karate practitioners and some of the most furious fighting I've ever seen on screen. You can really sense the anger of his character in this scene. Great stuff.

The film moves forward at a brisk pace and contains a surprisingly large amount of fight scenes. It totally lacks the vintage over-the-top-aesthetics of Donnie Yen's films of the 80's and 90's, but for some people that's a good thing. I personally think this is his finest performance to date.

Highly recommended for fans of martial arts cinema!

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