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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)

Yip Man chin chyun (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 24 June 2010 (Hong Kong)
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Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.


Herman Yau


Erica Lee (screenplay), Sean Whitley (dubbed version)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yu-Hang To ... Yip man
Yi Huang ... Cheung Wing Shing
Biao Yuen ... Ng Chung So
Siu-Wong Fan ... Yip Tin Chi
Rose Chan ... Li Mei Wai
Chun Ip Chun Ip ... Leung Bik
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Chan Wah Shun
Bernice Liu ... Kitano Yumi
Suet Lam ... Cheung Ho Tin
Jiao Xu ... Young Li Mei Wai
Heman Leung Heman Leung ... Li Man Ho
Jun Hui Wen Jun Hui Wen ... Young Yip Man (as Wen Jun Hui)
Shen Al Ji Shen Al Ji ... Young Yip Tin Chi
Sire Ma Sire Ma ... Cheung Wing Wah
Kwok-Lun Lee ... Sheriff


Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

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24 June 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Ip Man Zero See more »


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2.35 : 1
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The Legend Is Born-Ip Man: Prequel of a Different Style
26 June 2010 | by aaronx47See all my reviews

"The Legend Is Born: Ip Man" is a film which chronicles Ip Man in his teenage years which focuses much on his learning of Wing Chun. The film is a prequel to the previous two Ip Man films which starred Donnie Yen as the titular character of Ip Man. Now, the star has been changed and the film has gotten a different style.

First, let me tell you about the cast. The cast choosing here in this movie can be called really bizarre. Dennis To who became a temporary minor antagonist on "Ip Man 2" became the teenage titular character in this prequel. That totally got me shocked. It's so rare to see such happening. Then, we have some of the same cast used in the previous Ip Man films on a different role such as Sammo Hung (plays the teacher of the teenage Ip Man) and Louis Fan (plays the brother of Ip Man). That was really confusing. But, something surprised me. A character named Leung Bik was played by the son of Ip Man no other than Ip Chun.

Secondly, there are quite a lot of perspectives. There are around six perspectives here which really got me confused. There's one from Ip Man, then one for his brother, his love, his other jealous love and the enemy. It really got my mind turning around.

Next, the special effects were kind of cheesy. There were two scenes that showed a train leaving somewhere to somewhere. You know that those trains produce smoke. The smoke was pretty fake as it didn't suit the background. It was not good.

The acting of the characters. Not bad. Dennis To on Ip Man was not bad at all. The others were also normal. Just like a normal movie. The emotions were well acted by the actors.

Then we have the action scenes. They were also well directed. But, I still say the previous two films related to Ip Man still had better action scenes than this prequel. The moves were less cooler than the previous two pictures. But, it's not really cheesy. Not a problem.

This movie has a different style. It has a different theme. "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" had the theme where the people were seeking freedom (although "Ip Man 2" was not totally about seeking freedom). Whereas, this movie has a different theme of love. For me, the freedom theme from the previous two films is only a small percent of the film. The directing and division of the emotional moments are also differently set.

There's also another confusing thing. If you've watched "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2", you might notice that the titular character of Ip Man doesn't know English at all. He didn't even speak any word in English language. But, in this PREQUEL, he is able to speak English quite fluently. He also spoke to an English or American person in this movie. That was strange and that totally made my mind confused too.

Well, the movie provided some sad moments too. But, they were not so sad, they were only like 40% sad moments for me. But, if you're easy to cry, you might want to just provide a piece of tissue in case you have tears flowing down your face.

The movie is different from the previous two Ip Man related films. I say this is worse than the previous ones. I'm not really satisfied with the result of the film. The previous films were much better than this. But, this movie might just entertain you with its action scenes. I half- heartedly recommend you this movie. It's still entertaining to be watched and not really a waste of time. 6 stars for this movie.

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