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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Donnie Yen
Lam Ka-tung.
Directors
Wilson Yip.
Screenwriters
Edmond Wong.
Running Time
106 minutes

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Ip Man
Bruce Lee's teacher of the martial art 'wing chun' gets a biopic.


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Plot
Creative biopic of wing chun master, Ip Man, who taught Bruce Lee.


Review
Ip Man
Ip Man was a celebrated wushu master who suffered under Japanese occupation during the late ’30s and early ’40s and then went on to teach his favoured discipline, the brilliantly economical wing chun, to no less an illustrious student than Bruce Lee.

In part, Wilson Yip’s movie is a shameless hagiography that only bears a passing resemblance to history. But, with the action choreographed by Jackie Chan’s chum Sammo Hung, it’s also a highly inventive fight film, Hero’s Donnie Yen, as Ip Man, somehow turning wing chun’s tight, sharp moves (think Bourne) into flourishes. Highlight? When Ip defeats a sword-wielding braggart with a feather duster, thereby redefining ‘dust-up’.


Verdict
The action is enthralling even if the storyline doesn't always have the ring of truth about it.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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I've seen a lot of martial arts based films. Bruce Lee is obviously a classic within his films. Donnie Yen is a phenomenal martial artist and really expresses that within this. I keep watching this movie on the edge of my seat. Throwing the hero from having it all to having nothing really got to me. Life is really a battle and I found this film portrayed that as Ip Man fights his way up through the muck. Throw in some military action and you're looking for one film that will leave you saying &qu... More

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