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Ip Man [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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Wing Chun is characterised by close body combat, requiring practitioners to show speed & power. Wing Chun originated in the 1920s in China. In this bio-pic, IP Man, one of the earliest Wing Chun martial arts exponents credited to have propagated its popularity, is portrayed as the best of the best in 1930s Fo Shan, China. The bustling city has its own Martial Arts Street where countless martial arts schools have set up shop to fuel the craze of kung fu training. With each new school, the master will pay their respects to IP Man and challenge him to a duel. IP Man, is an accomplished martial arts master, keeps a low-profile and will only take them on behind closed doors, so as not to damage his opponents' reputation nor embarrass them in public. Following the Japanese invasion, IP Man s property is confiscated and his family is forced to live in a decrepit house. IP Man is then asked by the Japanese army to teach their soldiers martial arts: he refuses as he is strongly against war and morally believes he has to protect Chinese dignity. --Own Synopsis
Extras Interview Gallery Making of Gallery Location Design Set Design Gala Premiere Deleted Scenes Trailers/Teasers 2 Disc Ultimate Collectors Edition In addition to many many extras to be feature on this DVD, this ultimate edition will contain bespoke and world wide exclusive extras including interviews with: Taky Kimura Bruce Lee s most senior student --Details of Extras
Extras Interview Gallery Making of Gallery Location Design Set Design Gala Premiere Deleted Scenes Trailers/Teasers 2 Disc Ultimate Collectors Edition In addition to many many extras to be feature on this DVD, this ultimate edition will contain bespoke and world wide exclusive extras including interviews with: Taky Kimura Bruce Lee s most senior student --Details of Extras --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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In my opinion Donnie is the nearest to Bruce Lee that you will see today. He is visually very impressive, better than Jet Li or Jackie Chan. With martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung. The supporting cast includes Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Lam Ka-tung, Xing Yu and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. I would also recommend the follow up Ip Man 2 (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] also starring Donnie Yen and takes up the story where the first one left off. The sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. You may also be interested in The Legend Is Born: Ip Man [DVD] staring Dennis To in the title role, who gives a very credible performance. One of the highlights of the film is a special appearance by Ip Chun, son of Ip Man, who plays Leung Bik in the film. The film focuses on Ip Man's early life and the story of how he learned the martial arts style of Wing Chun.
If you like your Martial Arts films ala Bruce Lee rather than Chinese Flying Circus style then you will love these films. Try out Ip Man, I am sure you will want to watch the others afterwards.
I'm off to watch the others in the series now
the story line follows roughly the era in IP Mans adult life before and during the second world war, and follows challenges he is known to have received it was not uncommon in China or japan for martial arts masters to be challenged to fight to show whose particular style was best as it was the most direct form of advertising for students.
he is known to have rescued a man from a police officer who was beating him up giving the officer a swift kicking, this is not portrayed in the film, instead it is shown in a different way..but i wont give the game away.
safe to say that this is an excellent film that faithfully portrays China & Chinese martial arts the 1930,s and of IP mans early life once he was already established as a Ying Chun master
Donnie Yen plays the role of Ip Man wonderfully, switching from peaceful and content Husband and Father, to Master Ip Man with relative ease. He really gives the impression that he would either give you the coat off his back, or choke you to death with it. The supporting cast also pull their weight, and it's good to see Simon Yam (Full Contact, Full Time Killer) in such a big budget production.
Now, the Bluray. The picture is superb, and it really shows off the amount of effort that went into the sets, lighting, choreography and camera work. Often a several man fight scene can be blurred amongst the rapid movement on screen, here it's captured in all its glory. At times I thought the contrast may have been a little bit too high, but that's a very minor quible in all honesty, this truly looks great. The DTS HD Master Audio track was fantastic too, every thump, wallop and crash recorded to perfection.
There is also a very nice array of extra features to sink your teeth into. We have several making of featurettes, interviews, deleted scenes and 'Tracing the legacy: From IP Man to Bruce Lee'. This is in HD as well, and looks great. The extras are rounded off with trailers from CineAsias other Bluray releases. The back of the Bluray indicates that there is approx 144 minuts of extras, so plenty to sink your teeth into once you have watched the movie, and another reason it deserved the 4 star rating i've given it.
So, a good movie on a very good Bluray, well worth purchasing if you've any interest in the genre whatsoever.
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