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.
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into ... See full summary »
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong,
A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.
The year is 1959, where Ip Man lives in Hong Kong with his wife and his younger son. Trouble arises when a corrupt property developer and his thugs terrorize the school where Ip Man's son goes to. Ip Man and his disciples have to help the police guard the school day and night. On the other hand, Ip Man has to deal with his wife's terminal sickness, and at the same time faces a challenge from another Wing Chun fighter who ambitiously seeks to claim the Wing Chun Grandmaster title.Written by
While Bruce Lee is portrayed as a direct student of Yip Man in the film, the reality is that Lee was one of the students in Yip's school. Lee's instructor was Wong Shun Leung, himself a student of Yip Man. A letter from Lee to Wong expressed, "Even though I am (technically) a student of Yip Man, in reality, I learned my Kung-fu from you." Wong was well-known for his participation in illegal underground martial arts competitions ("beimo"), where he was rumored to be undefeated. Wong retired from participating in these fights after accidentally blinding an opponent. Over the course of his lifetime, Yip probably had several students, some staying for a few months, others for longer, and other for maybe a few weeks. This explains the existence of people who claim lineage from Yip Man. See more »
Not bad. But did you really kick that water, or only think you did?
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Yes, I do "get" that the third entry is intended to be more spiritual and more metaphysical and less exploitative.
But, that said, there a fight scene in an elevator which will have even the most jaded viewer standing up because of the sheer exhilaration of the moves. And is worth the price of admission.
Just as Matt Damon seems destined to be the ultimate Jason Bourne, fans all over the planet have voted with their wallets and proclaimed Donnie the ultimate Ip Man. He does not disappoint. Cool as ever, I never get tired of watching his punches speed up at the end of a fight (which is how the viewer knows that maybe, possibly, he is getting just a little annoyed.) As a token of my respect for this film, I will not mention the performance of Mike Tyson. Which takes more self-restraint than you realize.
A tiny bit slow here and there, but a wonderful film overall and highly recommended.
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