IP Man details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Donnie Yen|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SHOWBOX MEDIA GROUP LTD|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Oct 2009|
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Interesting rendering of wing chun although not correct historically.By Suhail Ahmad from Leicester, England. , 08 Nov 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]I anticipated this to be the usual garden variety kung fu film, yet it transpired to be quite a thoughtful and enticing movie with an adequate insight into YIp Man's demeanour. Interestingly, his son YIp Chun was a consultant for the film , but despite his presence, the film still took a number of liberties with Yip Man's life, purely for dramatic effect. For example, he fled Fo-Shan (to Hong Kong) during the Japanese occupation, only to return after the war ended. Also, he was not particularly adept at wing chun (in China) until he turned 16, when his chi sau technique was corrected in Hong Kong, under the tutelage of Leung Jan (whose sifu - Chan Wah Shun was also Yip Mans' sifu back in China, but the old boy croaked after only 3 years of teaching Yip Man, who was 15 at the time). Anyhoo, It is true that Yip Man was never defeated in combat. He passed his legacy to Yip Chun, who like his father, has never been defeated. Sadly, Yip Man passed away on 2nd December 1972 (79 years old), due to throat cancer. This was not mentioned in the film. People regard Bruce Lee as the greatest martial artist ever. However, Yip Man and Yip Chun were superior martial artists (and not street fighters)..
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Enter the new dragon ...By Neilypeel (2 reviews) , 30 Sep 2011First time I've seen Ip Man and it won't be the last. It is without doubt the best Kung Fu movie since Enter The Dragon.
Donnie Yen is absolutely phenomenal in this. He is better than Jet Li and this is better than Fearless. It's also one of the best looking movies I've seen and the transfer is first rate with much depth to many of the scenes. The acting is up to par, the story is good (based on truth) with a few different adversaries (including a Japanese General) and the fight scenes are superbly choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung.
If you like action and/or Kung Fu, see this. 8/10
Ip Dip, My Great FilmBy Samoza (231 reviews) from Reading , 10 Aug 2011For many, Bruce Lee was their introduction to the Kung Fu genre, Im more of a Jackie Chan man myself, but even I understand the impact that Lee had on martial arts in film. So what has Lee got to do with period drama Ip Man? Not much really, except for the fact the film tells the story of Ip Man, the creator of the Wing Chun martial art style that Lee went on to learn and use. Put aside your preconceptions of what a martial arts film is as, although Ip Man contains its fair share of action thrills and spills, it also contains a lot of emotion that make it transcend the genre.
Set just before and during the Japanese occupation of China, Ip Man is as much a story of a country as it is a man. The treatment of the Chinese people at the hands of the Japanese is not particularly well known in the West, but to many in China and Hong Kong it is a memory that lives on. At the beginning Ip Man is a light-hearted tale of a town that specialises in martial arts and the jewel in their crown is their Wing Chun master. However, when war breaks out Ip Man is humbled like the rest of the population and must scramble for a living; can he keep his wife and child safe from the oppressive Japanese forces?
In terms of action Ip Man is classic Sammo Hung choreography, well crafted and overblown fights that highlight the nuances of combat. However, it is the emotional impact that gives the fighting strength. This is a war film were people die and men are weakened. The final two fights are deepened by the events leading up to them, making them more than just emotionless fisticuffs. Donnie Yen as Ip Man is brilliantly stoic and carries the film it is worth watching for his performance alone. Ip Man is a rare mixture of drama and martial arts that works. There is none of the pretensions that made the likes of Crouching Tiger dull for my tastes; Ip Man caters for lovers of drama and kung fu alike.
Worth watchingBy a customer , 03 Aug 2011I enjoyed this film- not your usual fighting for no reason. A good insight into IP but how factuily correct it is i have no clue.
just simple its f...king goodBy whitecrane (9 reviews) , 02 Aug 2011WOW i love this movie its well paced based on true stories ok maybe not as real as some of this movie led us to believe but trust me if you are into martial arts kung fu wing chun or great action you will love this so beg,borrow or steal this movie its up here with the best bruce lees jackie chan jet li tony jaa and sammo hung movies
1 thing i wish on the blue ray version had bey logan on this love to hear his commentary and a english dub oooh well you cant have everything now
fantastic filmBy bovine (1 review) , 02 Aug 2011the best kung fu movie in a very long time. Fantastic scenes, with a descent respectable story line. I was glad there was limited fantasy wire work, as this is justa little tiring now. Donnie Yen is perfect and on form as usual. Gotta love the man