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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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A Nutshell Review: 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

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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Trivia:
Although it's the first film centering around Yip Man, the idea of doing a Yip Man biopic have 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:
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 »
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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118 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Ip Man, 17 December 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I shall now proclaim unabashedly that I absolutely love this movie! It's been some time since we last saw a biopic on one of the Chinese's martial arts folk heroes, with Jet Li's Fearless being the last memorable one to hit the big screen. While Li lays claim to three of such roles in the iconic Wong Fei Hung (in the Tsui Hark movies), Fong Sai Yuk and Huo Yuan Jia in Fearless, after which he felt he had to hang up his martial arts roles because he thought that he had communicated all that he wanted about martial arts through these films. And thank goodness for Donnie Yen still being around to pick up from where the genre left off, and presenting a memorable role which he truly owned, with Ip Man being the first cinematic rendition of the Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster.

In this bio-pic, Ip Man, one of the earliest Wing Chun martial arts exponents credited to have propagated its popularity, gets portrayed as the best of the best in 1930s Fo Shan, China, where the bustling city has its own Martial Arts Street where countless of martial arts schools have set up shop to fuel the craze of kung fu training. With each new school, the master will pay their respects to Ip Man and to challenge him to a duel. Ip Man, an aristocrat who spends most of his quality time developing and perfecting his brand of martial arts, will take them on behind closed doors, so as not to damage his opponents' reputation nor embarrass them in public. His humility is his virtue, and his style is never violent or aggressive, which often gets assumed and mistaken for being effeminate, since Wing Chun after all was founded by a woman.

The bulk of the story gets set in the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war, and it's not all fight and no story. Witth this historical setting, at times it does seem that there is an air of familiarity with the type of stories told, with how the Japanese Imperial Army had made life really miserable for the Chinese, and how the Chinese being fragmented in spirit, fail to unite during dire straits. More often than note, martial arts become a unifying force, and this aspect of the narrative might seem to be a walk in the usual territory.

But with its array of charismatic supporting cast with the likes of Simon Yam as Ip Man's best friend and industrialist Quan, and Lam Ka Tung as a cop turned translator, there are little nicely put sub plots which seek to expand the air of respect that Ip Man commands amongst his community. The story by Edmond Wong did not demonize all the villains, often adding a dash of empathy and sympathy to the likes of the Japanese General Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), a highly skilled exponent from the North called Zhao (Fan Siu Wong) as well as Lam's translator character who is deemed as a traitor for being in the service of the Japanese. Ip Man the family man also gets put under the spotlight, where his passion could sometimes leave him neglecting his wife and kid, and through the course of the story this focus often leaves one quite exasperated for his family's safety as he puts his countrymen above self and family when going up against the oppressive Japanese forces.

So what's the verdict on the action? Action junkies won't have to wait too long before watching Ip Man in action, and to Sammo Hung and Tony Leung Siu Hung's credit, they have intricately designed some of the most varied martial arts sequences in the movie, such as private fights in his home, a factory mêlée, a Japanese dojo battle as seen in the trailer, (which I know has actually sent some positive vibes amongst moviegoers, mouth agape at that incredible scene of Yen continuously beating down a karateka) being somewhat of a throwback and reminiscent of Bruce Lee in Fists of Fury, and a ringside duel amongst others. And it's not just Ip Man who gets in on the action, but specialized martial arts moves designed for the various practitioners as well. It's so difficult to name any particular one as a personal favorite, though I must add that you definitely won't feel short changed by the time the inevitable final battle comes rolling along and gets delivered with aplomb.

I'm no Wing Chun practitioner, but Donnie Yen has this marvelous calm and zen like approach with his Ip Man taking out his opponents quite effectively with the minimal of moves. Like Huo Yuan Jia, he doesn't deliver the killing blows to friendly opponents, but rather simulates the various hit points, which actually calls for some astonishing control of strength and precision. This approach will change of course as the opponents become anything but friendly. And unlike the usual martial arts stance of crouching low, here we see him standing tall and striking with such precision and efficiency, it's like poetry in motion with some astounding closed quarter combat utilizing plenty of upper limb strength.

With Wong Kar-wai at one point also declaring interest in making a Ip Man movie, I thought that this effort will be hard to beat, just like how Tsui Hark has crafted some of the more definitive movies in modern times about Wong Fei Hung and Jet Li benefiting from a major career boost, I'd say Ip Man just about cements Yen's reputation as a martial arts leading man, which I guess the cinematic world these days severely lacks. This has to go down in my books as one of my favorite movies of the year, and I'm already setting some money aside to get the best available edition of the DVD when it gets released. Highly recommended, so make a beeline for the box office now!

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