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


Herman Yau


Erica Li (screenplay) (as Erica Lee), Sean Whitley
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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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Did You Know?


The main actor, Yu Hang-To played an enemy to ally of Ip Man from Ip Man 2 . See more »


In a scene set in a cinema in 1919, Ip Man and his future wife (Huang Yi) are supposed to be watching Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's 1922 horror classic. This is clearly impossible, yet the film shown is not Nosferatu anyway. See more »


Followed by Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) See more »

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Quite entertaining...
20 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

There has been a heap of movies about legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man in recent years, and each does portray a slightly different character.

With that said, then this 2010 version portrays the early years of Ip Man. And while being a newcomer to a lead role, then Yu-Huang To did manage to put on a persuasive and good performance of a young Ip Man. And his performance was good in martial arts and acting alike.

The story was good and captivating, and it does offer a good variety of drama, action, intrigue and romance, all mixed together in a manner that worked out quite well.

Being a martial arts movie, then the martial arts is crucial, and it needs to be impressive, well-choreographed and most importantly well-executed. The martial arts in this movie was good and varied; from street fights, playful sparring and deadly brawls. It was well-performed and looked impressive. And the movie was relatively free of 'Wire Fu'. There were some disappointing transitions into 'Wire Fu' though, which was a shame.

"The Legend Is Born: Ip Man" (aka "Yip Man chin chyun") has some good names on the cast list, including Yu-Huang To, Sammo Hung and Biao Yuen, to name but a few. Most impressive, though, is the fact that they got Ip Chun to be in the movie.

If you like Hong Kong martial arts movies, then "The Legend Is Born: Ip Man" is definitely well-worth watching.

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