Published on July 5th, 2012 | by Chris1
Ip Man (2008)
No, Ip Man isn't about some packet-routing internet super hero from the future. It's a strange hybrid of kung fu and war movie, with a twist that (unless you already know it, I didn't!) you won't see coming.
Based in the Chinese city of Fu Shan in 1938, the film starts in a rather traditional "kung fu" style of movie. Matter of fact I was starting to wonder if I should just turn it off altogether (even though it was still pretty good!) Ip Man (Donnie Yen) is the top martial arts instructor in Fu Shan, staving off the incursions of roaming bands of challengers such as Jin (Siu-Wong Fan) and generally being a good responsible citizen.
Then the Japanese invade and turn everyone's lives upside down. Eventually, General Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi) begins calling for challengers to his Japanese martial arts students, and eventually, himself. Inevitably, Ip Man takes up the call, and ultimately defeats General Miura in a public display, restoring some semblence of honor to Fu Shan. (Oh, come on, like you didn't see that coming!)
But the real "Oh, really?!" moment comes when you learn that Ip Man was in fact a real person, and that this was based on a real story. Ip Man in fact started one of the most revered school's of the Wing Chun school of martial arts in Hong Kong, and would later be known as one of Bruce Lee's instructors. Not bad.
So, it is not a traditional war movie in any respect. In fact it mostly adheres to the usual "kung fu movie" model. But it's still a relevant and somewhat inspiring story, and an all around good movie.
Oh, and former Jackie Chan conspirator Sammo Hung takes up a role as action director, and does not disappoint. Also going to give a solid 7/10.
Ip Man (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Ip Man Collector's Edition (containing over 2 hours of bonus footage) is an award winning adaptation based on the life of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the grandmaster of Wing Chun and later teacher and mentor to widely influential and legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: WELL GO USA INC
Manufacturer: Well Go USA
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- Donnie Yen
- Simon Yam
- Fan Siu-Wong
- Lynn Hung
- Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
- Run Time: 134
- Release Date: 7/27/2010
183 of 204 people found the following review helpful
The Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen Tag Team Delivers the Saga of Bruce Lee's Kung Fu Teacher,
This review is from: Ip Man (DVD)In the tradition of Jet Li's "Fearless" and "Fist of Legend", comes the fourth collaboration between the Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen tag team who also brought us the phenomenal "Shah Po Lang" in 2005. "IP MAN" is based on the life of the man responsible for making the Chinese kung fu style of "Wing Chun" (invented by a woman), which is up to this day, is among China's most revered style. Yes, Ip Man is also the man who has a huge number of talented disciples--most notably, the late great Bruce Lee.
In the 1930's, the Chinese province of Fo Shan is a thriving place of martial arts schools, with various sects of different styles. Fo Shan is said to be the place where the famous Wong Fei Hung learned his art and therefore this place has a reputation. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) is a very accomplished martial artist but he keeps to himself, maintains a low profile and quietly spars with friends at home. But after an acknowledged victory over a fighter from the Northern quarter, Master Jin... Read more
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The action scenes are works of art. Donnie portrays Wing Chun with a good degree of authenticity to the style (considering, of course, the unavoidable dramatic, cinematic flair). Donnie's technique is crisp, rapid, accurate, potent. The choreography is splendid. There is no significant wire work here, just economical, brutally efficient combat-- which is what Wing Chun is about. Truly homage to the spirit of Wing Chun. As a practitioner of Wing Chun, I can truly point to this movie, show it to my friends who don't know, and say: "That's Wing Chun, that's what it's about."
The story of Ip... Read more
90 of 105 people found the following review helpful
An Instant Classic,
This review is from: Ip Man (Collector's Edition) (DVD)As a fan of Chinese cinema for over 30 years, I've seen (and own) a lot of movies. However, whilst there have been dozens of memorable ones, few stand out as masterpieces in the Wuxia genre - 'Ip Man' is one such film, an instant classic that sets a new benchmark for action cinema. Wilson Yip, Sammo Hung and Donnie Yen have totally hit the mark in this outstanding motion picture, crafting a story that, although not sticking entirely to the facts (well, after all, it IS about entertainment!), works perfectly to tell the story of a real life Chinese hero, the late Grandmaster of Wing Chun Gung-fu, Ip Man. The camera work, direction and the performances of the entire crew make this a film that grabs the audience and holds them in its clutches from start to final gut-wrenching finish (all very good reasons why this film won the 'Best Picture' and "Best Action Choreography' awards in the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards). Donnie Yen gives what I feel is his finest performance ever, whilst Sammo... Read more
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Summary: a relevant and somewhat inspiring story, and an all around good movie.