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In the movie, the main form of martial art that is displayed is Wing Chun, which specializes in close-range combat. Ip Man was the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly.
Ip Man is one of the finest martial arts movies produced by the Hong Kong movie industry. It was released in December 2008 to a widespread deserved critical acclaim and box-office success. The movie was nominated for 12 Hong Kong Film Awards, winning awards for Best Picture and Best Action Choreography.
The star of the show is the really underrated Donnie Yen who enacts the role of Ip Man. He is simply underrated because he has not been involved in many high grossing movies, whereas the likes of Jackie Chan and Jet Li have. Donnie Yen, if not better, is equally as talented as Chan and Li. In the movie, the way he performed the action scenes is worthy of an applause, simply jaw dropping. Yen performs the action scenes with natural ease making the fighting look beautiful and artistic. Now, coming to the acting, this is clearly Yen's career best performance as he portrays both a 'Hero' and a 'Wounded lion' with total conviction and raging aggression. The way he expresses his emotions both facially and physically is SUPERB. Ip Man is a Donnie Yen show from beginning to end.
The character of the main villain is portrayed by the Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. His portrayal of the formidable Japanese general is impressive.Read more ›
The film and story in itself is just a treat to watch as we follow Master IP Man's life just before and during World War II including the Japanese occupation. The Kung Fu fight scenes are just incredible. I had to watch each one a number of times because they were so cool. I can't fault anything about the choreography or the style as it is just fantastic from start to finish. Donnie Yen does an excellent acting job and shines in the fight scenes.
The film makes you feel good, although some of the fight scenes are a bit brutal and bloody. In the end, it turned out to be a movie that I am going to buy.
The blu-ray has great picture quality and great sound. Neither are reference quality but still worth the blu-ray. The story is what will induce you to buy this epic film though.
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.
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Great philosophy - great action - all in all 5 out of 5 . Only shame is that it`s in Chinese ( the version I got anyway ) - only English subtitles .Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
'Donnie Yen' plays legendary Chinese Martial-Arts Master 'IP Man'
'IP Man' lives with his wife 'Cheung Wing-Sing' (Lynn Hung) and young son in the city of 'Foshan' they are... Read more