Ip Man Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
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)