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Ip Man [Import]

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One of the most astonishing displays of martial arts action on film in recent years, Wilson Yip's Ip Man chronicles the life of the eponymous Wing Chun master (Donnie Yen), who would later become instructor and mentor to Bruce Lee. Fans of Ronny Yu's Fearless, with Jet Li, will notice several similarities between the biopics--like Li's Huo Yuanjia, Ip Man is a tireless instructor whose life, largely consisting of training and jaw-dropping spar sessions with any and all, is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Japanese military forces in 1937. He soon draws the interest of the commanding Japanese colonel (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), who exploits the starving locals by forcing them against his trainees for bags of rice. Ip must then pit his extraordinary Wing Chun against the colonel's karate for his own dignity, as well as the soul of his people.

Were Yip's film simply a series of set pieces featuring Yen's incredible fighting skills, Ip Man would rank among the best martial arts films of the past three decades; the fight choreography, by Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung and Tony Leung Siu-hung (with consultation by Ip's own son, Ip Chun), offers the same sort of eye-popping, rewind-required fist and footwork that Ip's disciple, Bruce Lee, inspired in the '70s, and Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Tony Jaa displayed in subsequent years; a battle between Ip and 10 black belts, in particular, requires multiple views to absorb the speed and deftness on display. But Ip Man also succeeds as a historical drama inspired by the harsh realities of the Japanese occupation of mainland China, as well as an acting showcase for Yen, who embodies Ip's formidable physical and emotional strengths.. --Paul Gaita



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First One Is Not Bad At All... Feb. 8 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
“What a great First installment of the movie that’s showing the real life Ip man,who thought “Bruce Lee”?
everything he knew back then,and to this day ,still lives in people minds I’m sure of his fighting skills,
“Donnie Yen”I have to say gives a good performance as Ip Man, even though he looked too serious to me,
Set in Fo Shan,China during the Sino-Japanese War, ip man vividly brings to life the brutality of the infamous
Japanese occupation, when these proud men,were forced to fight to the death for a precious bag of rice,
but Ip man,who’s fighting skills are know all over China rises to the challenge,
Runtime 107 Minutes (Feature)+ 23 Minutes (Extras).
16:9
Widescreen.I thought it was the black bars at top and bottom,this is not.
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
First One Is Not Bad At All...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best biopic evar Oct. 13 2010
Format:Blu-ray
this movie inspired me to start martial art with determination and the sequel is as good a must for Martial art fans
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie Oct. 4 2010
Format:Blu-ray
This is really a great movie with a great story and high quality fighting.
but the quality of the english subtitles, the translation, could have been better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ip Man - Great Movie Aug. 28 2010
Format:DVD
Ip Man is the best martial arts movie that I have seen in a long, long time. Donnie Yen does a fantastic job playing Ip Man. What is nice is that it isn't all action. There is a story to it. So many martial arts movie are all about the action and sometimes that ruins a movie. Ip Man is not like that. The action just blends with the story. All the actors do a good job. I watched it 5 times in the first three days after I received it. I think I'm going to go and watch it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Oct. 13 2009
Format:DVD
I practiced wing chun since ten years and I can say that it is probably the best movie I saw on this subject!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Martial Arts Classics!! Aug. 17 2010
By J. Chao
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Bruce Lee, then you must see this film. If you are a fan for martial arts, then you definitely must see it as well. This is definitely one of the best kung fu movies to hit the theater in years!! The action in the movie is awesome, the fighting is very realistic and showcases the fighting method of Wing Chun and it's superior combat system.

The story of Ip Man, though based on the historical person of Ip Man, it's storyline is not found in history, it is at best a historical fiction. However, this does not take away from the storyline and Donnie Yen portrays the character very well. There is a very strong nationalism undertone to the story about the Chinese uniting against the Japanese invaders in the era of WWII. This film shows how one man, Ip Man fought to inspire the Chinese people to fight against the Japanese. The movie features many great fight scenes all were extremely memorable.

This is definitely a great film worth every penny and the extras on the 2-Disc collection gives you a better insight in how the movie was made!! I own the DVD and Blue-Ray of this film.

5 STARS!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best martials arts movie I have ever seen Aug. 15 2010
Format:DVD
I have seen all of the classics. Enter the Dragon, Hero, Fearless, Crouching Tiger, Shaolin Master Killer, 5 Deadly Venoms etc. etc. etc. This movie is just on a whole different level. Reasons why: 1) Based on a true story. 2) Minimal wire work 3) It's political 4) Engaging characters who you actually care about 5) Great story that has a purpose when fighting.

If you prefer fairy tale martial arts movies where they fly a lot, then this movie might not be for you. But if you like stand up fighting that is "mostly" based on reality. This movie is the one to see. I can't recommend this movie enough. I saw it four times in five days when I finally got a copy. Simply amazing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to a great man. Feb. 9 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This Blu-Ray is a great buy. With a wonderful transfer of the movie and a few extras, it has enough to keep you occupied for a while! The movie itself is a well-made movie. While taking liberties with the life of Ip Man, it does a good job portraying his character and his passion for empowering the underdogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good moive.
The action scenes are amazing. The best thing about this movie is that you get all the kung fu action stuff without the silly punching noises and flying off trees, etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by FABs
4.0 out of 5 stars R
The Movie is a must have for any Ip man fan you will enjoy it!
I was very eager to receive the movie and it seem to take a very long time
I received it the very last day... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nelson Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Action/Intense
This movie is so incredible! Action packed! Finaly an action packed movie with no "dirt" in it!!! Donnie Yen does an incredible job! Loved it!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Marcel P Willoughby
3.0 out of 5 stars You've Seen This Movie Before
After reading almost unanimously positive reviews for this film, I thought I'd pick it up. I've also been practicing Wing Chun for ~7 years, so from that perspective, I was... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2011 by E. Lysionok
5.0 out of 5 stars IP Man
Always a fan of martial arts. To learn that this was based on a true story and to learn that this man was a teacher of Bruce Lee was an another bonus. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2011 by rlboucher47
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie!
Amazing film. I enjoyed every minute of it. The story in the movie is amazing...you just want to watch it over and over again because it's a true story. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2011 by heide
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
This movie is excellent, i would suggest it for people who are fans of kung fu for sure. it adequately highlights Ip Man's life and his career in martial arts. Read more
Published on May 16 2011 by shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
When I saw it for the first time I knew I had to buy it.

Ip Man is amost carbon copy of how I am taught. Read more
Published on May 6 2011 by Onno van Santen
5.0 out of 5 stars Donnie Yen captures the spirit of a GrandMaster
Donnie Yen portrays Grandmaster Ip Man in a brilliant light, capturing his famed sense of subtle humor and his passion for martial arts, his devotion to his family and pride in his... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2011 by naomisarah
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie was okay, but that's all.
The movie was okay. A simple, yet elegant plot. The subtitles and English dubbing were a joke. The fight choreography was an okay blend of realism and theatrics. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2010 by Lauri-John
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