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Ip Man (2008)

Yip Man (original title)
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During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive.

Director:

Wilson Yip

Writers:

Edmond Wong (screenplay), Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan)
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12 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Ip Man
Simon Yam ... Quan
Lynn Xiong ... 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 You-Nam Wong ... Yuan (as Wong You Nam)
Yu-Hang To ... Wei (as To Yue Hong)
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ... Yao (as Calvin Cheng)
Zhi-Hui Chen Zhi-Hui Chen ... Master Liu (as Chen Zhi Hui)
Tenma Shibuya ... Colonel Sato (as Shibuya Tenma)
Li Chak Li Chak ... Zhun (as Li Ze)
Deqiang Shi Deqiang Shi ... Southern Master
Zhong Zhou Zhong Zhou ... Southern Master
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Storyline

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation. Written by Riccardo Amadori

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Mentor of iconic legend Bruce Lee See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Japanese soldiers in the film wear modern U.S. military ribbons. See more »

Goofs

The first duel between Ip Man and Jin takes place in Ip Man's home. When Jin pulls out his sword, Ip Man reaches for what looks like a feather duster (a bamboo rod with chicken feathers). When their weapons clash, the sound is of metal-on-metal, despite the fact that Ip Man is not fighting with a metal weapon. 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.
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Connections

Followed by Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) See more »

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Wow, this is a instant classic!!
12 March 2009 | by lion_paw73See all my reviews

Oh man what a great movie, Just seen it and im stunned. This moves up to my number 5 top list of greatest Martial Arts movies ever. Ip Man was a great man in Chinese history and i can see why. This movie is so well directed and Donnie Yen suits great as a young Ip Man. Its so dramatic at times, you start sniffing your nose and gets sad and angry at the same time. Awesome movie which will be a true classic instantly. I Bought the two disc HK Special Edition and i will see the extras later today cause i will go to sleep now, if i can sleep. Cant wait for part 2. See this film in theaters or on DVD as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed. Kung Fu cinema is back and what a comeback. WOW!!


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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Yip Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,715,578 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,108,789
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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