Conclusion: Ip Man is a fantastic movie that's built on strong principles of self-reliance, self-restraint, friendship, and what it takes to survive in both the good times and the bad. Its themes are backed up by a first-rate story, fight choreography that's second-to-none, wonderful production design, and an outstanding performance from one of the best actors many Americans may have never heard of, Donnie Yen.
Excerpt: The tone and purpose of the martial-arts biopic Ip Man is set in its opening minutes. In the early 1930s, a local master in the city of Foshan arrives at the doorstep of the title character (played by Donnie Yen), asking for a lesson in the discipline of wing chun. Ip demurs, saying he’s no teacher, but the master insists, so Ip invites him to dine with Ip’s wife and young child.
Conclusion: 'Ip Man' is an entertaining movie and tells the story of a man who deserves to be better known even though only part of that story is presented here. Sammo Hung executes very good action sequences, and Donnie Yen delivers both aspects of his performance well. The Blu-ray has good sound and extras that run longer than the movie, but the inconsistent video qualities are likely to leave people unsatisfied.
Excerpt: The Film We knew nothing about the 2008 martial arts film, Ip Man , going in. It was shocking to find out that Ip Man was a real man, and the mentor of Bruce Lee. However, the Lee years aren't part of this short look at the man's history. Instead, the film focuses on Ip Man (Donnie Yen) in the 1930s, even though the movie does have a bit of a modern flavor to it. Ip seems to spend a lot of time talking about martial arts and even doing the deed.
Pros: Actors: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Xiong Dai-Lin, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Lam Ka-Tung, Fan Sui-Wong, Xing Yu, Wong You-Nam, To Yue-Hong, Director: Wilson Yip, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English, Cantonese, Mandarin), Subtitles: English SDH, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Region: A, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: R, Studio: Well Go USA, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: July 27, 2010, Run Time: 107 minutes, List Price: $32.98, Extras: Trailers Making Of Deleted Scenes Look for on DV...
Conclusion: Those of you residing in Region-B territories who could not take advantage of the Region-A "locked" Hong Kong release of Ip Man can finally see this much talked-about film thanks to British distributors Cine-Asia/Showbox Entertainment. Their disc also contains all of the supplemental features, with imposed English subtitles, found on the Hong Kong release. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: Ip Man follows the story of Bruce Lee's mentor while it also recreates the Japanese invasion of China from the early 1930s in a distinctively flashy manner. Fans of martial arts cinema will surely be impressed with Donnie Yen's terrific fighting skills, but those of you expecting to see a serious autobiographical film will likely be disappointed.
Excerpt: Na veel te veel goede reacties van echte martial arts-fans bij de videotheek besloot ik ‘m afgelopen zondagavond te kijken: Ip Man , met Donnie Yen. En waar de film een must is voor alle martial arts-fans, lijdt de film ook wel wat onder z’n eigen drang om waarheidsgetrouw te zijn…