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
Original Release Date:
- Donnie Yen
- Simon Yam
- Fan Siu-Wong
- Lynn Hung
- Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
- Run Time: 134
- Release Date: 7/27/2010
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Greatest Chinese Martial Arts Film,
This review is from: Ip Man (DVD)
In 1981 aged 7, my mother took me to the film theatre in Nairobi, Kenya. The matinée film was "The China Town Kid" starring Alexander Fu Sheng. During this action packed martial arts movie I was so excited that I stood up in the theatre and asked "Is that Bruce Lee?" Embarrassed but delighted my Mum gently pulled me down without responding. Then and there I fell in love with chinese martial arts.
Fast forward over 30 years later and many martial arts in between until "Ip Man". I have bought this movie from Amazon over 5 times to give to friends. I have never bought a movie 5 times; the closest was "Good Will Hunting" 3 times. As I write this, I am awaiting a neighbour to get less busy and invite me to his place for coffee and cakes. And guess what I am taking along? You got that right: Ip Man. And guess what I'll watch during the christmas season along with other old classics, Ip Man.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great movie, HORRIFIC TRANSFER AND DVD...,
Let's get another thing out of the way:
Loves: Great fights WITHOUT wires (i.e. Hate Wire-Fu)
Likes: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Martial Arts
Ip Man is a semi-biopic of the Wing Chun style Grand Master of the same name. The plot, well, as with many Kung Fu movies, is all about Kung Fu schools, political intrigue and... well... that's basically it! For being a biopic they don't really delve too much in Ip Man's life but more on the setting... which takes place during the Japanese Invasion (1930-ish). So, ho-hum plot, check. But we don't watch these types of movies for the plot, we watch them for the action and this one delivers! I believe this movie tested Donnie Yen's mastery of martial arts more than any other movie before this one because I'm sure... Read more
Donnie Yen gets his due,Read more
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Summary: a relevant and somewhat inspiring story, and an all around good movie.