IMDb > Ip Man (2008)
Yip Man
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Ip Man (2008) More at IMDbPro »Yip Man (original title)

Photos (See all 13 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Ip Man -- An occupying Japanese general challenges Chinese men to duels so he can prove the superiority of the Japanese. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) - a Chinese martial arts master forced to work in the mines, refuses to fight, but can resist for only for so long.
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

User Rating:
8.1/10   137,545 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Edmond Wong (screenplay) and
Chan Tai-Li
Contact:
View company contact information for Ip Man on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
12 December 2008 (China) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee See more »
Plot:
A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the successful martial arts master who taught the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
14 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Donnie Yuen finally gets the spotlight he always deserves See more (137 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
Xing Yu ... Master Zealot Lam
Zhi-Hui Chen ... Master Liu
You-Nam Wong ... Sa Dam Yun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhang Bo ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Rong-Jun Cai ... Cotton Mill Worker
Li Chak ... Yip Chun (as Li Ze)
Siu-Kwan Chan ... Waiter
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ... Chow Kong-Yiu
Shi De-Qiang ... Southern master
Yu-Lam Fan ... Cotton Mill Worker
Meng-Xin Han ... Lei Chiu's daughter
Liu Jun ... Cotton Mill Worker
Chen Ka-Da ... Uncle Wong
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
Sheng Qi-Rong ... Lei Chiu's father
Rui-Jun Shi ... Cotton Mill Worker
Yu-Hang To ... Hu Wei
Hui-Liang Wang ... Cotton Mill Worker
Xiao-Fang Wang ... Yip Man's maid
Mao Wen-Jun ... Jin Shan Zhao's underling
Chuan-Jian Xu ... Cotton Mill Worker
Ming-Yu Xu ... Cotton Mill Worker
Xu-Feng Yang ... 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 Kam-Bo Hung .... 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
Jennifer Dong .... creator
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (who played the Japanese general) suffered a mild concussion during filming, after being struck four times during a fight scene.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:
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:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
68 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Donnie Yuen finally gets the spotlight he always deserves, 11 January 2009
Author: Bobby Wijaya from Indonesia

Ip Man has quenched our thirst of a real good martial art movie where we don't just watch man kicking asses but where we can appreciate the man's moral and virtues.

The movie flows well, from the view of the kungfu street of Fo Shan, to the introduction of Ip Man, and so on. Scene by scene are there in a well done play, and when someone had to display martial art act, they don't just throw bunch of minions out from nowhere to have him beating them all over. I think the scenario is well written.

Fight choreography is great. Different approach from what we usually see, people doing flashy flying kicks and sorts; since it is about wing chun, feet hardly ever leave the ground but it doesn't decrease the beauty and flashiness of the fights.

People may complain about bits that might not fit the real condition of those era. Well, I think producers have to make sure they made entertaining movies, not documentaries.

Last words, Donnie Yuen has always been a good martial art actor, he just never get the spotlight. And finally as Ip Man he gets to stand on where he deserves.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (137 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Ip Man (2008)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why is this on the top 250 when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon isn't? jimmyr5595
The Wooden Fighting Post. Batesmeister93
over-rated by a mile a_hat_trick
'IN 1945 china finally won the war...' spaxspore
Subtitles chunwai2
streaming movie reginaldmorin
See more »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Action section
IMDb Hong Kong section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.