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.

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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 challenge to both his training and his honor.
R (for violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Donnie Yen
as Ip Man
Fan Siu-Wong
as Kam Shan-chau
Xiong Dailin
as Cheung Wing-sing
Simon Yam
as Chow Ching-chuen
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
as General Miura
Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing
as Chow Kong-yiu
Xiong Dazhi
as Cheung Wing-sing
Gordon Lam
as Li Chiu
Lam Ka-tung
as Li Chiu
Chen Zhi Hui
as Master Liu
Louis Fan
as Kam Shan-chau
Xing Yu
as Kung Fu Crazy Lam
Lynn Hung
as Cheung Wing-Sing
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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
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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.

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… | September 30, 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


Simple, yet effective plot and storytelling to go along with exquisite direction and modern-day martial arts choreography makes Ip Man a brilliant one-two punch of a film. Donnie Yen's smooth and powerful display of the famed grandmaster is a plausible performance that highlights him as today's action star. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Martial arts master does not want to fight. Does NOT want to fight. DOES NOT. Okay. OK. Fight. Kick ass all over the place. What could be better in a martial arts film? Love it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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