Ip Man

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Ip Man

Wilson Yip (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Donnie Yen takes the lead in this first film in a recent spate dedicated to the famed kung fu master. The film introduces Ip during the 1930s boom period in his native Foshan, where a life of domestic harmony with his young family comes to an abrupt end when invading Japanese forces seize control. Dispossessed and hungry, Ip is forced to scratch a living, but uses his skills to resist the enemy and becomes an inspiration to his fellow downtrodden citizens in the process. There's a pleasing playfulness about the opening scenes, which contrast, in a slightly jarring way, with the downbeat mood that follows during the occupation. The Japanese themselves couldn't be more stereotyped in their presentation, with the honourable-but-brutal general and his cackling, sadistic henchman playing to type. Yen's performance is also a bit one-dimensional as the modest wing chun expert, but at least he gives a good account of himself in the finely composed and inventive close-combat scenes - an impressive highlight being when he wipes the floor with ten soldiers with methodical precision.


An unassuming man with a talent for martial arts living in 1930s China loses everything when the Japanese invade. As he struggles to support his family, he witnesses brutal fighting tournaments organised by the occupying military, and makes an impression by defeating 10 opponents at once. His accomplishments lead to conflict with a Japanese colonel, who wants him to train his men. Fact-based drama, starring Donnie Yen and Simon Yam. In Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Ip Man Donnie Yen
Quan Simon Yam
Miura Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
Li Lam Ka Tung
Jin Fan Siu-wong
Lin Xing Yu
Yuan Wong You-nam
Director Wilson Yip
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Other Information

Language: Cantonese, Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Showbox Media Group LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray