IP MAN (Theatrical Release Hong Kong, China 2008)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Ip Man—
a superb Chinese martial arts classic—belongs in the permanent home library collection. It defines what films should be and performs as one of the best foreign films of the year. It’s one of those films that remind us of why we go to the movies. The R-rating seems unnecessary. Remarkable professional work by Donnie Yen who plays IP man, who trained Bruce Lee as well as many other notable martial arts masters.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Ip man’s (Donnie Yen) family life is rudely interrupted by the 1937 Japanese invasion of China.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Wilson Yip and for Screen Play Writers Edmond Wong and Chan Tai-Li. Thank you to Executive Producers Kwok Lam Sin, Bak-Ming Wong, and Baoquan Zhang for making the film possible. Thank you to Musician Kenji Kawai for an outstanding score. Additional characters/cast include: Ip Man (Donnie Yen), Quan (Simon Yam), Cheung (Lynn Hung), Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), Li (Ka Tung Lam), Jin (Siu-Wong Fan), Lin (Xing Yu), Yuan (You-Nam Wong), and Wei (Yu-Hang To).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. No fault found in this film. It is good entertainment.

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