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Published on July 5th, 2012 | by Chris


Ip Man (2008)

Review of: Ip Man (2008)

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On July 5, 2012
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a relevant and somewhat inspiring story, and an all around good movie.

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.

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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...

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Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
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  • Simon Yam
  • Fan Siu-Wong
  • Lynn Hung
  • Hiroyuki Ikeuchi


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First let me say that I have not written many reviews on movies. I really would not watch these types of movies if my husband didn’t. I am into romance whereas he is a big fan of fighting. However Ip Man is one that I like. It has some awesome fighting scenes, he really kicks some butt. The choreography was very well thought out. All the actors in this movie really hit the mark. Ip Man is definitely a movie that we can watch together. Get out the popcorn.

I would recommend this movie to my family and friends or anyone else based on the results that I had while reviewing it. Please remember that not everyone will have the same results that I had with this product. The movie would make a great gift to movie lovers for any holiday or just because.

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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" (said to have been 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 Fong Sai-Yuk 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... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Was that ever a great movie!, March 17, 2009
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I have become quite a fan of Chinese movies of late, as my wife is Chinese and most of our nights are spent watching Chinese films. I purchased this movie, as I do like martial arts films (as long as they are somewhat realistic, not really into seeing people fly through the air), but also I want a movie that has a good story and is made with some quality. I should also say that I was a student in Wing Chun (Wing Tsun) for a few years, and the fact that this movie is about one of the most famous of all in the Wing Chun genealogy (first teacher of Bruce Lee) did also spark my interest as well. What I got in watching this movie was everything that I mentioned......story, plot, history, action, quality...one of the best Chinese movies I have every seen! It is still three days after I viewed the film and I am still saying to my wife, "Wow! Was that ever a great movie!" If you're into watching great martial arts (not just seeing a lot of people fighting, but GREAT MARTIAL ARTS) with a... Read more
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Ip Man (2008) Chris

Summary: a relevant and somewhat inspiring story, and an all around good movie.


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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.

One Response to Ip Man (2008)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    One of my students insisted I watch it and brought me a copy. I have to say I was not impressed.

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