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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First One Is Not Bad At All... Feb. 8 2014
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“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).
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Mediocre Subtitles Sept. 9 2010
By smurfs
As other reviewers have described, this is a very good movie.

I was extremely disappointed in the subtitles, however. I have and never will watch any foreign movie with the English dub track.

There are flat out errors in the translations and there is no poetry or class to the translation in general.

There are 2 errors that I caught (I will not include any spoilers here).

The first one was actually a little funny as Ip Man comes home and is talking to his wife. The subtitles say something to the effect of 'You go wash your face' when he is clearly going to the bathroom to was his face.

The second error is an INTEGRAL part of the movie (happens near the end) and I'll leave it at that. So when you read something that doesn't make sense with regards to the storyline, it's because it's wrong.

I have no grasp of Mandarin; however, when someone is talking for a good couple of seconds and the translation of the subtitles comes out to "I don't know", I am a little disappointed. The entire movie's english translation was very flat and BLAND.

What could have been a 10/10 movie is put down to a 7.5/10 in my opinion due to the quality of the subtitles.
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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
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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.

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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fighting scenes Sept. 4 2014
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One of the best recent kung-fu movies. Superb fighting scenes with kung-fu practitioner Donnie Yen. Very detailed blu-ray image. See also: "Ip Man 2", with the same actors. I read rumors about an upcoming "Ip Man 3", also with Donnie Yen. I look forward to it!
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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
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I want to fight ten" - Ip Man Aug. 4 2010
By Torval Mork TOP 500 REVIEWER
In "Ip Man", director Wison Yip has constructed a 1930's biopic that combines epic martial arts footage with a moving storyline encompassing family, friendship and betrayal. A master of Wing Chun, a Chinese martial arts discipline passed down orally since the Qing dynasty, Ip Man (played by Donny Yen, who until this film had never practised Wing Chun) is a respected teacher who is seen as the ultimate sparring opponent in the Guandong town of Fo Shan. Known for it's multitude of martial arts "schools", Fo Shan's streets are lined with storefronts where teachers pitch their disciplines. Early scenes show how competitors knocked on the door of Ip Man's home to test their skills against his hoping to defeat him in a sparring match to build up their credibility - and their enrollment. Sammo Hung, the action director for the film, interpolates the various fighting styles used against Ip Man with amazing success. When Jin Shanzhao (Fan Sui Wong), a northern fighter trying to set up his own school in Fo Shan, knocks on Ip Man's door for a fight, he spars with a variation of Shao Bei Fist, a loose, almost dance-like style. This juxtaposes awesomely with Man's Wing Chun - which is tight and disciplined, using a centerline defensive stance traditionally fought in close combat style. Ultimately, Ip Man defeats the northerner with a feather duster pulled from a vase in his ornately decorated home.

With the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, Fo Shan is turned into a ghetto. Ip Man, married with a young son, is relegated to shovelling coal amongst his former students in order to make ends meet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is the best of its series by far for such a good price.
Published 19 days ago by Michel Alexandre Gerin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good movie!
Published 1 month ago by Alexa Tremblay-Francoeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, awesome quality!
Published 2 months ago by Matt W
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know who he is then just buy it?!
Obviously the best martial arts movie I've ever seen!
Published 2 months ago by Richard Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars : ( not to happy
well the problem was mechanical ! the DVD DID NOT WORK RIGHT The movie kept stopping and pausing and breaking up through half the movie it made trying to watch It grueling and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johnny
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 14 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 18 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 21 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
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