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Ip Man (2008)

Director(s): Wilson Yip

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Fan Siu-Wong, Xiong Dailin, Wong You-nam, Simon Yam

Genre(s): Action, martial arts, biography, period piece

Countries: Hong Kong

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Running Time: 105m.

Behind ever great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung-fun warriors - ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. This biopic from director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story. (

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Ip Man was one bad mo fo by antman - April 11, 2010
Biopic about a rather impressive man. Forget that he was Bruce Lee's teacher. This cat fought for his life, his country, his freedom, his family...for a way of life. He had principles, and stuck to them.

As for the movie, I especially like how Ip Man keeps his calm throughout it all; such a relaxed, confident style of martial arts. Donnie Yen, as usual, was fantastic in the role of the great master. The fight sequences were filled with finesse only found in the fluidity of Wing Chun, not too much wire work, and were believable even when Ip Man was fighting 10+ people. Has me totally excited about this style or martial arts.

The one bummer is that this particular imported DVD has some problematic subtitles, mostly in the first 1/4 of the film.