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½ December 7, 2017
Full disclosure, if you're the squeamish type that can't stand watching somebody get kicked unconscious and then beaten to death, or if you can't handle watching somebody's arm bend backwards when broken by an opponent's elbow, you probably won't want to watch Ip Man. However, if you don't mind a bit of bone-crunching in your high-action fight sequences, then you've found the movie of your dreams. It is exactly that kind of brutal but excellently choreographed fight sequences that launched a beautiful story of oppression, love, and selflessness into the ranks of the timeless.

Ip Man tells the almost mythical tale of a Chinese martial artist (Ip Man himself) who is wise, humble and well respected amongst the city of Foshan. He fits into the role of a younger Mister Miyagi or perhaps the real life Jackie Chan who everybody loves and respects, and not just because he'll deliver a sound beat down to those he deems worthy of such an honor. Ip Man and his family have their lives flipped upside-down when the Japanese army storms in to occupy their city. Our beloved and humble protagonist goes from living a life of luxury and respect to digging in the dirt to scrounge up sustenance for his family. Through a twist of events, Ip Man is taken from a humble and charitable man who just wants to make enough to see his family through, to a symbol of the Chinese resistance to the Japanese occupation.

What's the best way to become a symbol of resistance? By cracking a few skulls of course! The fight scenes throughout the movie are epic, filled with high flying kicks, bone-breaking punches, and death defying stunts, all of which were choreographed to perfection by the great Sammo Hung. If you're unfamiliar with Mr. Hung, he has acted, directed, and choreographed Kung Fu movies all over the world and has worked with wonderful talents like Jackie Chan and John Woo. As amazing as Hung's work is, it takes more than great choreography to make a truly wonderful fight sequence, and Donnie Yen (Ip Man) was just what the doctor ordered! Looking so relaxed throughout the fight sequences as if he truly has beaten down 10 black belts at a time on every weekend for the past many years. Donnie Yen exudes humility throughout the movie and portrays a very genuine and caring ninja death machine, the kind of man everybody would want as their friend (especially in a dark alley). If Yen keeps notching his belt with movies of Ip Man's magnitude, he'll be the next Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee in no time!

The whole movie wraps up a compelling story line and lovable characters (and one truly vile villain) with an incredible fight scene into a triumph mixed with bitterness. An excellent ending to the mythical portions of the actual story of Ip Man, and leaving you with a desire to stand up and fight wrongdoers in the streets. Whether you're a martial arts fanatic or just enjoy a good old fashioned butt kicking in your movies, Ip Man is one people will be watching for years to come.
November 13, 2017
This delightful surprise of a martial arts film is not just your traditional "good guy gets mixed up in a bad situation" type of joint (even though it does feature that fundamental storyline to a degree). Wilson Yip's "Ip Man" is also an incredibly important look at a period of history that's gone forgotten by so many for too long - the Second Sino-Japanese War. The film delivers the harsh, yet necessary realities of what happened, whilst also depicting the incredible trials and tribulations that the titular hero undertook throughout this period of history. And that of course means fight scenes, and - dear God - are they incredible to watch. Donnie Yen is a master of his craft and the filmmakers at hand have no doubts as to how to shoot him when he's doing his thing. It all looks so amazing. Just a well-meaning film with great set pieces and an incredible true story to build so many crowd-pleasing moments with. Great stuff.
½ November 9, 2017
The tone was a bit confusing and the story structure was cliched and simple, but the movie as a whole was fairly engaging, and the fight scenes were really quite great, even looking pretty brutal. And not all the story/characters were bad. Some of it had depth. A really well done modern martial arts movie.
½ October 20, 2017
His kung fu is the strongest
½ September 12, 2017
First things first: the choreographies are simply amazing and that surely is the main attraction of "Ip Man". Yet this film is not all about ass-kicking as it works well as a biopic too, especially when covering the first years of the Sino-Japanese War. The narrative as well as the more intimate moments are competently made, the ending being particularly moving. But they're far from groundbreaking too and that leaves the fight scenes as the movie's biggest triumph.
September 5, 2017
It was an O.K. kung fu movie but the main guy was just flat and devoid of any real personality. I'm not sure if this was the actor or if the character was written to be this way.
September 1, 2017
Great plot/dope martial arts!!!
August 21, 2017
August 8, 2017
Its historical accuracy may be questionable, but the fact is, along spectacular style inside the martial arts choreographies, as well as charismatically appealing performances by its cast, Ip Man is a heavily entertaining action film, reminiscent of the great kung fu classics, with great action sequences and climatic moments, all crafted by a smooth direction from Wilson Yip, and the enjoyable presence of the future rising star, Donnie Yen.
½ August 8, 2017
How the hell didn't I see this movie earlier?! That's my biggest complaint! The story draws you in, there are the silly moments (but it's not a comedy), and man...the fight scenes are badass!!! They are very well choreographed and they have great fluidity.
As a very dedicated Master in Wing Chun, Ip Man doesn't like violence but there are always bad guys looking for trouble. At the same time while this is going on, you get a feel for how it must have been during the Japanese rule in China. The Japanese killed many Chinese citizens during their rule.
I won't give anything away but the ending is really good and the final confrontation is great! Before this final fight, Master Ip even fights 10 men at once. This movie is a must watch!!! It's not a masterpiece but it's EXCELLENT!!! 4.5/5 OR 9/10
July 29, 2017
This is the best Chinese film i ever watched.simply its great
July 25, 2017
Excellent martial arts film.
July 12, 2017
Very exciting fights
June 13, 2017
Solid movie. I liked the part when they Kung-fu'd.
May 28, 2017
Everything a martial arts film should be...plus I hear that it's a true story for the most part, which I always see as a bonus.
May 27, 2017
This movie is epic, long, and full of really great martial arts showdowns, that are brutal at times but never too over the top unrealistic. Donnie Yen is fantastic. If you like action flicks give this movie a try.
½ May 4, 2017
one of the best martial arts movies i have seen in a while.
May 2, 2017
Aunque a nivel de guión la película está un poco parca y su estructura es un tanto extarña a la hora de contar la vida del famoso maestro de artes marciales, lo cierto es que todo esto está compensado con el alto grado técnico con el que se rodaron y editaron las escenas. Muchos cineastas hollywoodnses deberían ver más películas asiáticias (y no solo de artes marciales) para aprender como se puede hacer también cine de calidad. Reconozcamoslo...la acción hollywoodiense lleva ya algún tiempo necesitando una regeneración urgente (a pesar de tener de vez en cuando alguna joyita), y eso es algo que lo han dejado claro éxitos como el de The Raid o la propiamente americana John Wick.

Volviendo a Ip Man, puede que no sea el espectáculo de artes marciales del cine chino que tanto nos gusta (con pelícculas de la Shaw Brothers o las primeras grandes películas de Jet Li o Jackie Chan), pero su tono más oscuro y directo le sienta genial y nos ofrece todo un espectáculo dramático y visual.
½ April 29, 2017
This rainy Saturday I chose to sit and watch the IP Man Trilogy, having heard & read many good things about it. after watching the first I was anxious to get to IP Man 2, having thought the first movie was high on my list of being one of the best Martial Arts films I had ever seen. Beautiful camera work and exquisite fight scenes, light on wire work, that worked well in the context of the drama. Whether choreographing fights against different Chinese styles or Chinese Wing Chung VS Japanese Kung Fu, the fights are exciting and generally authentic looking (to my untrained eye anyway).
This dramatization is based on the life of IP Man from 1938-1945, the creator of Wing Chung, a style of martial arts that would attract millions through the years, and teacher of Bruce Lee. it takes place during the Japanese occupation of China. Highly recommended for lovers of the Genre.
April 28, 2017
I give it a begrudging 5/5 -- I think a low 4.75 is more appropriate. This series insinuates that it's a little more biopic than it actually is, but it's a great action picture - the kind that seemed to be retired with the timeless epic Fearless which was Jet Li's chosen final martial arts picture.

With Jet Li "retired" from the genre, Donnie assures his rightful place as this generation's kung fu hero in Jet's absence. (even though Donnie Yen has been making movies nearly as long as Jet and they battled each other on-screen as far back as 1992)
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