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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:
12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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The Martial of Virtuosity - A Review of Ip Man See more (131 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
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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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Andy On was offered a major role in the film but had to declined due to schedule conflicts.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Although the movie takes place in the 1930s, in the factory showdown with Ip Man, Jin Shanzhao is shown wearing modern-day jungle boots of the sort worn by today's soldiers, especially visible when Ip Man slams his foot with his long staff.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dragon (2011)See more »

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34 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The Martial of Virtuosity - A Review of Ip Man, 6 February 2009
Author: andydreamseeker from Singapore

Ip Man (1893-1972) is the expert in the Wushu fighting style of Wing Chun, and is the master of the famous Bruce Lee. As there has never been any previous film record of Ip Man, this film produced by Raymond Wong and directed by Wilson Yip will be the very first.

The movie opens and dates back to 1935 Foshan, with the city bustling with activities and various schools of martial arts are seen busy with the practice of their craft. In the people's mind however there would be only one martial artist who is the best. He however would have no interest in opening a school to teach his art. He is Ip Man, played by Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen.

Our introduction to Ip Man began on the day when Master Liu (Chen Zhi-Hui) visits Ip Man at his residence when the latter is having dinner with his wife and son. Being the typical martial arts enthusiast that Master Liu is, he declined to leave when advised by Ip Man to come back at another time, choosing instead to stay and wait until Ip Man have finished his dinner. He is eager to test his skills against Master Ip Man. The mood here is not of hostility but of a light hearted and humorous fashion. Ip Man even invited Master Liu to sit and have dinner with his family when he spots him restlessly waiting by the living room. We see here the humble and modest character of the protagonist.

When the sparring finally got underway, it ended as swiftly as Ip Man's strokes suggest. Because in three strokes and a set of quick fists, he had Master Liu at his peril, well defeated yet without injury, as this was all but a friendly exchange in the spirit of martial arts. The essence of Ip Man's fighting style, Wing Chun, is characterized by its tall narrow stance with effectiveness demonstrated through speed and power. It reminds of the time when Bruce Lee had to slow his punches down during filming, as they were just too fast for the cameras back then to capture.

In the world of martial arts, with all its attractiveness, it also brings with it the competitive nature of those who practice them. With competitiveness taken the wrong way, things can go awfully wrong when all one wants to achieve is to have the other beaten so as to prove who the superior fighter is. A thug in Kam Shan-chau (Fan Sui-Wong) later arrives and challenges the various schools, defeating their masters ruthlessly, until he came face to face with Ip Man. Kam lost to Ip Man with a lesson he ought to have learn, only that he did not and left Foshan with only disgrace in his mind. The people celebrate as they hail Ip Man the savior who brought glory to Foshan by sending the thug away.

The fight ends but the story have only just began, and with it a change of mood from lightness to heavy because war has broken. The Japanese have seized Foshan.

What follows will be Ip Man's struggles and challenges as he has to make ends meet for his family in the dreadful time of adversity. It is here we see the true character of Ip Man, who has captured the hearts of the people of Foshan and their respect. This is most notable among his friends in Chow Ching-chuen (Simon Yam), his son Chow Kong-yiu (Calvin Cheng), and Crazy Lam (Xing Yu).

To mistake this film, as one of just good versus evil is easy because in a movie that has a hero, there must be a villain. There are a few characters here befitting of the role. We have the Japanese general, Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi). We have the aforementioned thug, Kam Shan-chau. We also have police officer turned interpreter, Li Chiu (Lam Ka-tung) who appears to be a traitor. The film here however should not to be seen as a fight against evil but rather of the depiction of humanistic values that Ip Man himself would possess.

There are many meaningful messages encrypted in the various plots and subplots in this wonderful film that really is about virtues more than anything else. As producer Raymond Wong would suggest on why the production team had chosen to make this film, it is that of really making a kung fu movie that is authentic and real, moving away from past attempts at glorifying and stylizing violence on screen. The intention is to make a film that would reflect the spirit of Chinese kung fu, and what better than to portray it through the virtuous character of Master Ip Man.

I would have like to compare this film to Fearless aka Huo Yuan Jia (2006), starring Jet Li, which strings from a similar root, but at the very core, the approach is different. While Fearless is written in a more dramatic nature, with a more compelling story and edited with a creative dimension, Ip Man is honest and direct because that is who our protagonist is.

What stood out for me in Ip Man is when he ponders in introspection about what use his training and expertise in Wing Chun all his years would come to. It would appear that there is destiny waiting to be fulfilled. And he would also influence those around him with what he has and even lead those who have been wrong to do right despite the pressure of circumstances, because to the very basis, it is the right thing to do in humanity.

History means nothing if its lessons are not learned.

The film also stars the stunning Xiong Dai Lin as Cheung Wing-sing, Ip Man's wife, and I must also not forget to mention that the acclaimed Sammo Hung directs the action.

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