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Ip Man (2008)

Yip Man (original title)
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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.

Director:

Wilson Yip

Writers:

Edmond Wong (screenplay), Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan)
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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 ... 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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In the last great war one man defied an empire... See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

As mentioned in the film, Ip Man's fighting style is Wing Chun. It is said to be created by two women, Ng Mui and Yim Wing Chun. According to legend, a warlord wanted to marry Yim Wing Chun, but she refused and instead challenged him to a duel. She came across Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun whom she asked for help. Together they created the art of Wing Chun, which the nun named after Yim Wing Chun. Wing Chun won the fight. 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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Energetic & brilliant HK action drama
18 December 2008 | by Akira-36See all my reviews

This is Donnie Yen's best acting piece for awhile now, and he still delivers the action sequences brilliantly. At 44 years of age, he looks so energetic, confident and charismatic. I believe the combination of Yen, Sammo Hung and Wilson Yip is the right choice for this particular film and fighting style. Wing Chun is best depicted without the flamboyant ballet of acrobatics often seen in other wushu films.

The movie doesn't dwell on historical accuracy, but rather use that settings to set the mood, deliver the message and simply tells you the life journey of a Grandmaster in an fun and entertaining way.

I remember that Richard Attenborough said (regarding Gandhi) that there was no way a director/movie maker could encompass and depict a person's life journey in only a 2 or 3-hour movie. But rather one should aim to emulate the spirit of that person, and the message/lesson of his story. I think this movie does that, with a quality production that raised the bar for period drama.

My rating is missing 1 point because I feel that there were plot devices that had been done-to-death before in other movies like: Fists of Fury, Fearless, Kill Bill, etc. However, Yip Man simply turns the notch to a higher sound-beating level.

Don't miss this on the big screen!


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