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.
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.