46- Ip Man [5.5]

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.

Featuring dazzling fight sequences, the semi-biographical Ip Man becomes a bit too over the top to be taken seriously. With shades of Seven Samurai, the high energy martial arts battles are much more interesting to watch than all of the conventional genre and well-worn territory scenes that pad out the film’s runtime. Donnie Yen performs well as the titular character, the very man who would go on to mentor Bruce Lee.

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4 responses to “46- Ip Man [5.5]”

  1. dirtywithclass says :

    I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one. I really loved this movie a lot, and its one of my fav movies ever. It felt like a perfect combination of historical drama and martial arts to me.

    But anyways to each his own. I don’t want to seem like im trying to force my opinion on you, i just really like this movie

  2. jarwatchesfilms says :

    I thought the score was a bit overblown (especially towards the end), and the portrayal of the Japanese was rather thin. It was fairly black and white stuff (I’m aware that Yip was seen as saintly) and would’ve liked to see more depth.

    • Andrew says :

      Not that martial arts films shouldn’t or don’t have depth, but I think you’re looking for depth in the wrong place. It hits all the notes a martial arts film should hit and gets to where it’s going (e.g. fight scenes) smoothly and organically. And of course it delivers on those aforementioned goods with some of the best fight scenes of the last ten years.

  3. Castor says :

    I enjoyed this a lot. It’s a bit overlong but the fight scenes are some of the best ever choreographed.

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