Ip Man (2010)



Critic Consensus: At once beholden to the established conventions of the genre and delightfully subversive of them, Ip Man is one of the most exciting -- and refreshingly character-driven -- martial arts films in years.

Movie Info

Wing Chun grandmaster Ip has an amazing wife, plenty of money, the most beautiful house in town, and a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japan war (1937), Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills catch the eye of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura, who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Edmond Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 2009
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as Ip Man

as Master Liu

as Kam Shan-chau

as Chow Ching-chuen

as Cheung Wing-sing

as General Miura

as Chow Kong-yiu

as Cheung Wing-sing

as Li Chiu

as Li Chiu

as Master Liu

as Kam Shan-chau

as Kung Fu Crazy Lam

as Kung Fu Crazy Lam
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Critic Reviews for Ip Man

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
Top Critic

The fanboys and girls won't notice such failings amid the displays of wing chun kung fu--the extras and body doubles do some truly impressive acrobatics--and those with a taste for big historical tearjerkers will be happy as well.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ip Man

The unfortunate lack of structure and focus of the irregular script is compensated by an outstanding cinematography and production design, a wonderful score and - above all else - spectacular fight scenes of the most exhilarating and well choreographed ever filmed.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

An actual martial arts film that had drama that worked. It didn't rely on good choreography in order to make the movie entertaining; the character-driven plot was enough to keep me engaged.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Ip Man is an excellent martial arts film that combines some of the best fight scenes on film with a great story that's involving, occasionally amusing, stirring, powerful, and true.

The movie is split into two parts: the beginning, where we're introduced to Ip Man, his family, his city, and his style of martial arts, and the second half, which chronicles the struggles and hardship of the characters after the Japanese invasion of World War 2. The tone of both halves is very different, but they both work equally well. And there are lots of fantastic fight sequences in both, though those in the second half are for far higher stakes than those in the first.

Great acting, beautiful sets, and perfectly suited music accompany the strong story and fight choreography. It's no exaggeration to say that it's really hard to find fault in this movie. If you're at all interested in martial arts or this period in China's history, see Ip Man as soon as possible.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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