Ip Man (2008)

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Chinese, Foreign Movies
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Ip Man

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun and the mentor of the iconic legend Bruce Lee.

Director:

Wilson Yip

Writer:

Edmond Wong (screenplay)

Stars:

Donnie YenSimon Yam and Siu-Wong Fan

Genres:

ActionBiographyDramaHistory

Ip Man has quenched our thirst of a real good martial art movie where we don’t just watch man kicking asses but where we can appreciate the man’s moral and virtues.
The movie flows well, from the view of the kungfu street of Fo Shan, to the introduction of Ip Man, and so on. Scene by scene are there in a well done play, and when someone had to display martial art act, they don’t just throw bunch of people out from nowhere to have him beating them all over. I think the scenario is well written.
Fight choreography is great. Different approach from what we usually see, people doing flashy flying kicks and sorts…since it is about wing chun, feet hardly ever leave the ground but it doesn’t decrease the beauty and flashiness of the fights.

People may complain about bits that might not fit the real condition of those era. Well, I think producers have to make sure they made entertaining movies, not documentaries.
Last words, Donnie Yuen has always been a good martial art actor, he just never get the spotlight. And finally as Ip Man he gets to stand on where he deserves.He’s just superb as the Grandmaster Ip Man…

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