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Ip Man(葉問)

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Hong Kong, China · 2008
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Wilson Yip
Starring Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
Genre Action, Drama, History

The first film in a series, Ip Man is a semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in Foshan between the 1930s and 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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San Francisco Chronicle by

It's a highly entertaining, big-budget, kick-butt kung fu movie, the best of its kind since Jet Li's "Fearless" in 2006.


Empire by Dan Jolin

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


Time Out by David Fear

Everything from the direction of actors to the dialogue signifies the work of a filmmaker who favors easy audience-baiting reactions over dramatic momentum. Doesn't the man who would later teach Bruce Lee how to kee-yah deserve better than a chopsocky Punch-and-Judy show?


Variety by Derek Elley

Ip Man will be manna for those who like their kung fu straight and wireless, their villains Japanese and their heroes unconflicted Chinese patriots.


The New York Times by Mike Hale

Over all, the film is a prime exhibit in the relentless and regrettable shift away from a natural, allusive, romantic Hong Kong style and toward a mainland studio aesthetic that is stagebound, literal, overstuffed and sentimental - like the big-budget Hollywood weepies of the '60s or the '80s.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

As a slice of history, Ip Man is disappointingly simplistic. Yip, Wong, and Yen never develop any real tension between Ip's true story and the exaggerated myth-making of a martial-arts movie. But as an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere.

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