IP ManDirector: Wilson Yip,
Behind every 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 fu warriors -- ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. This biopic from director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story.
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Cast & Crew
|Donnie Yen||IP Man|
|Hiroyuki Ikeuchi||General Miura|
|Fan Siu-Wong||Kam Shan-chau|
|Xiong Dailin||Cheung Wing-sing|
|Simon Yam||Chow Ching-chuen|
|Lam Ka-tung||Li Chiu|
|Calvin Cheng||Chow Kong-yiu|
|Chen zhi-hui||Master Liu|
|Xing Yu||Kung Fu Crazy Lam|
|Zhang Baoquan||Executive Producer|
|Kenji Kawai||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Sin Kwok-Lam||Executive Producer|
|Kenneth Mak||Production Designer|
|Lee Pik-kwan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Sammo Hung||Action Director|
|Raymond Wong||Executive Producer|
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Although I haven't seen much of the sum total of this genre's output, only a few films classify as truly great. This one stands far above all the others. Jet Li's HERO and Fearless were awesome, but not only have I thought that Donnie's an even better martial artist (bigger, stronger, and more willing to branch out and learn other styles as he has recently shown in great measure), I also won't hesitate to say that he's a much more accomplished actor as well. The fight scenes here are legendary, the music was great, the setting was amazingly detailed and everyone, regardless of the character they had to play, did a terrific job. Those involved with this movie did an extensive amount of research to tell Ip Man's story the right way, and they couldn't have done a better job. I was instantly drawn in because of Ip's poise, humility, respect and class - a true gentleman living in barbaric times. And as if his story wasn't enough to make the world take notice, then along came Bruce!
In life, everyone suffers and endures many holes and griefs. However, a humble man known as, Ip Man (Donnie Yen), showed China's society that it takes only one determined soul in order to change the whole nation. What I found spectacular about the acting of Donnie Yen was that he showed no hesitation while acting his parts. Even in his other movies Donnie has excellent movements and acting. While acting in the movie, "Ip Man", Donnie showed emotions of revenge and madness. It was a magnificent performance, however, I believe the Japanese actors should have shown more passion into their acting, rather than acting more like a boss just standing there. Even if one part of the movie was spectacularly intriguing, that doesn't mean the rest of the movie will have the same expression. Going back to the acting, the settings of the movie were also quite unbelievable: the underground mine dojo, the fighting arena (at the end), Ip Man's mansion, The broken empty town (After Japanese regulate), and the cotton factory. I find it most intriguing about the underground mine dojo because it made my eyes stare non-stop (moment of amazement). The part of the movie that most amazed me was how fast Ip Man (Donnie Yen) threw punches and dodged 10 men at the same time. However, the ending of the movie wasn't that great because of the acting, but it had a surprising ending (Watch the movie to find out!). While watching the movie, very few knew that a women was the founder of Ip Man's unbelievably quick devastating fighting style called, "Wing Chun". For so many years of martial arts, he then pasted it down to his disciple, Bruce Lee. The great legend of fist was also a great story. Fans of martial arts know Bruce Lee well, but what about his master? "Ip Man" was a movie based on the sacrifices made from depression and how emotions can end that. Watch "Ip Man" and you will not regret it!!!
Being a Wing Chun Master, 3rd generation from Ip Man, who taught Wong Lok, and Wong Sheun Leung, who in turn, taught my Sifu Yeung Biu (Robert Yeung) who still lives in Hawaii, it was time someone Honored a Man, his character, ethics and one who was the Greatest Fighter of His time, bar none. If you have any interest in Wing Chun and/or martial arts, you will enjoy this film, a "Classic". MY hat off to Summo Hung and Donnie Yen.