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Ip Man

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Wilson Yip
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

Biographical martial arts drama starring Donnie Yen. China in the 1930s: Ip Man's reputation as a martial arts master has brought fame and fortune to the city of Foshan. But hard times are ahead, as the Japanese invasion brings the once prosperous city to its knees.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Donnie Yen takes the lead in this first film in of a hit franchise 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Ip ManDonnie Yen
QuanSimon Yam
MiuraHiroyuki Ikeuchi
LiLam Ka Tung
JinFan Siu-wong
LinXing Yu
YuanWong You-nam

Crew

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DirectorWilson Yip

Details

Theatrical distributor
Showbox Media Group Ltd
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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