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Ip Man

2008
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1h 46m
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Rated 17 Feb 2009
65
63rd
Another martial arts film where the fighting is great, but the story is lacking. Semi-biographical seems to be a gross overstatement. To say this film is a Chinese propaganda film is too harsh, but at times, it did come off as just that.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
80
72nd
Certainly one of the better kung fu movies to come out in the past while. It's got it's share of over the top melodrama but let's be fair, what kung fu flick doesn't? Donnie Yen kicks some major ass and actually creates a character with impressive depth and personally I think he's one of the best martial arts actors out there, specifically because he can actually act. If you like martial arts films this is certainly a movie to see.
Rated 28 Aug 2020
70
64th
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 high-wire kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one high-wire kick 10,000 times.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
70
67th
Donnie Yen is amazing as usual, coolly deflecting one strike after another and then snapping a leg in two. The choreography isn't always perfectly realistic, with subtle wire work here and there, but it does look great. It's an engaging story as well, though I'm deducting major points because for a true story, it seems as if it was cobbled together from too few historical records, and the editing doesn't cover up for that.
Rated 12 Jan 2018
77
62nd
"Ip Man" is guilty of things that a lot of historical movies do, it sensationalizes true events to kick them up a notch. And if you're open about it, I can get behind you. It succeeds, too, it's a fun movie with an interesting enough story to garner two sequels. The biggest downer is Donnie Yen, who I like, but the guy made absolutely no facial expressions during the entire movie. Now, go find a dozen pictures of Ip Man, what do you see? The guy loved to smile. Why change that, it's charming?
Rated 14 Dec 2012
70
67th
Conflicted me a little bit because its nationalistic jingoism and melodrama grated with me. That said the fight choreography really is the dogs bollocks; in particular the scene with 'Yen v's the Ten' just totally blew me away. The embellished melodrama has mixed success in bringing an emotional edge to the action; it works sometimes, but not always. I enjoyed this alot, but Kar Wai Wong's Yip Man biopic staring Tony Leung Chiu Wai is due out soon, and that holds an awful lot of promise.
Rated 12 Dec 2016
95
84th
I'm still getting into martial arts movies, but of all of the ones I've seen, Ip Man is probably the strongest installment I've seen in the genre. The performances are all really good, the directing and writing are superb, and the fights are all well-done as well. I don't think I have anything to complain about at all. It's worth watching if you haven't seen it yet.
Rated 22 Sep 2011
79
63rd
An excellent bit of nationalist filmmaking by the Chinese. Aside from the Japanese being presented as almost comic book villains, the film is rather strong throughout. Solid acting and provocative drama are punctuated by excellently choreographed fight sequences. Donnie Yen is excellent as the tortured Wing Chun grandmaster.
Rated 14 Nov 2009
76
70th
It is a bit too pro-Chinese and at times overtly dramatic, but the end result is pretty satisfying, mostly thanks to the upbeat and colorful first third and fight scenes that are both smooth and very impressive.
Rated 26 Nov 2011
78
67th
Manipulative and nationalistic, sure, but the fight scenes overwhelm your intellect to a point you don't really care. Every part is also, thankfully, well acted by a who's who of Hong Kong character actors. Flawed and ridiculously fun - unless you're Japanese. Then you'd probably be pissed.
Rated 26 Feb 2014
70
67th
For fans of wellmade historical dramas and E Honda's Hundred Hand Slap special move from Street Fighter 2 alike.
Rated 23 Jan 2016
75
58th
Knowing next to nothing of real martial arts I loved watching the hyper-aggressive fighting styles play into the more patient, reactionary approach of Wing Chun. There are no underdog training montages to be found here, Ip is nigh unbeatable from the outset and the focus is not on attaining an ideal state, but preserving it while the world deteriorates. The dramatic aspect isn't terribly well executed save for Donnie Yen's winning smile and convincing tears, but you're not here for that.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
55
47th
(SPOILERS!) The most awkward thing in this movie for me is the character of goofy teep-canto-pop idol looking guy, who undergoes huge character transformation when he gets pants-down treatment from his brother, and becomes a villain. but then his character transforms again, after he learns, that his brother was killed. Real hitchcockian touch. Multi-punches in the face when Donnie Yen in RAGE mode are nice to look at, but that's about it.
Rated 19 Jun 2009
80
84th
Donnie Yen continues to impress. I'm sure plenty of creative liberties were taken with this pseudo-biographical account, but the story hits all the right emotions to give the fight scenes extra weight. The Wing Chun choreography is lightning fast and sublime.
Rated 18 Oct 2009
86
84th
I'm not big on martial arts movies, but this was some pretty impressive stuff. Not only was the fighting a lot of fun to watch, the film had very nice flow to it and the acting was pretty good. I was a bit disappointed that it got a little preachy towards the end but I can forgive that.
Rated 17 Nov 2009
81
79th
While I missed out on the translations of the written text in the movie, I still really enjoyed it, and didn't really need it in the end. Great movie, really enjoyed seeing Donnie Yen and will definitely follow-up with more of his work. Looking forward to Ip Man 2 in 2010. The Japanese actors were lolstereotype but who can blame them. For the people saying how this is a propaganda movie, uh yeah. It's about one of China's greatest modern martial arts masters. No shit they're proud.
Rated 31 Dec 2009
92
87th
A Movie about Yi-Man the man who trained Bruce Lee and inventor of the martial art style wing tsun. Awesome choreography makes this one absolutely worth to watch.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
75
71st
This movie is more of a a re-envisioned myth of Yip Man than a factual bio of one of China's contemporary heroes. The movie may have all the predictable dramatic turns but the action is decent (if a little heavy on wire stuntwork) plus Donnie Yen has good screen presence. The Japanese officers in the movie are also relatively believable and not entirely two dimensional caricatures which adds to the film. Overall it's an entertaining movie and it was shot for less than $5 million U.S.
Rated 06 Apr 2010
74
56th
The best kung fu movie to come out of HK in ages. Great production and excellent choreography.
Rated 26 Jun 2010
60
32nd
Boy!.. Who cares about kung fu, karate, wing something or who invented them.. So, if I didn't care about those martial so called arts why I watched this is beyond me.
Rated 17 Sep 2010
50
47th
For its epic scope, the storytelling isn't quite up to par. The awesome fights and charismatic lead make it really fun to watch though.
Rated 10 Feb 2011
56
64th
a little too much wire work for my tastes, but donnie is awesome and the film has really good pacing, with just the right balance of story and fights to make everything seem very climactic but not get bogged down in political intrigue like so many of these nationalist historical kung fu movies do. better than most of what's been coming out of the genre in the last ten years.
Rated 02 Oct 2017
70
76th
good movie
Rated 19 Jan 2012
88
81st
First this then Pearl Harbor? Man, the Imperial Japanese were kinda jerks.
Rated 26 Mar 2012
80
86th
The fight sequences in this are kick-ass.
Rated 06 Jul 2017
80
37th
Really fun martial arts movie and it took a direction that I was not expecting which I was really happy with. The war interfering with everyones lives was really an interesting backdrop to a movie about a martial arts instructor. I was expecting a phoned in story line with lots of cool punching and kicking. Instead I got a decent drama with lots of cool punching and kicking.
Rated 12 Aug 2012
80
88th
Could this be the first martial arts film of the last decade that actually has something interesting happening outside of the fight scenes? Quite possibly. Donnie Yen gives the performance of his career and the sets and costumes are equally as amazing. I have no doubt the writers took some liberty with the historical facts but the character interested me enough to do some light reading afterwards.
Rated 12 Sep 2012
75
72nd
I took the story with a healthy pinch of salt, and was able to enjoy this as an effective and entertaining martial arts romp. Donnie Yen was an engaging lead man, and the fight scenes were very well handled. The nationalism and setting (the Japanese occupation) might seem a little over the top, but provide some useful motivation for our lead character, and provide plenty of people for Ip Man to use as punching bags. The key point is that the fighting scenes were done properly. Recommended.
Rated 01 Jul 2013
64
37th
Great coreographies, sure, but the story is quite bad and the characters, even the nominal Yip Man, quite nonexistent.
Rated 14 Aug 2013
70
82nd
Great film.
Rated 30 Sep 2013
92
94th
A good story based on true events. A skillful fighter is pit against the martial arts old guard establishment. In keeping with his code of ethics he alienates and distinguishes himself. A good movie with a decent message. A must see for martial arts fans.
Rated 07 Mar 2014
55
45th
Boom! Pow! Kablammo! Punch! Fuck the Japanese!
Rated 07 Sep 2014
75
64th
As anyone looking at my ranked films could tell, I am not the biggest fan of kung fu movies; yet I am glad I watched IP Man. It sports fascinating characters and beautiful visual directions. Despite having a fairly shallow and unnecessary plot and plot points the movie as a whole survives, thanks to amazing choreography and over the top action. I am quite a fan.
Rated 27 Jan 2017
80
80th
This is a very entertaining film. Donnie Yen is fantastic in the lead role. The story is interesting and there are plenty of exciting fight scenes and moments in this movie. Overall I highly recommend Ip man.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
65
60th
Wonderful Wing-Chun scenes.
Rated 24 Jun 2009
65
76th
Top-notch and distinct fight scenes. One wonders if they couldn't avoid to bash on Japanese as the film progress into WW2 era. There are moments the script tries to be objective topped by ten times the bashing. Donnie Yen made it into my follow-up list.
Rated 14 Jan 2023
70
62nd
Watched this around 2008ish. Fun for what it is.
Rated 19 Jul 2023
65
55th
Starts out a bit rough, but recovers well with the tonal shift after the first act. While the villains are at times cartoonishly evil, and the film makes little effort to be an effective biographical drama, the action is pretty fun. The last fight scene in particular makes this worth seeing. The direction is mostly good, and Donnie Yen turns in a good performance. It’s certainly not dethroning “The Raid 2” for me, but it’s an enjoyable martial arts film.
Rated 28 Aug 2022
60
25th
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Rated 21 Mar 2018
84
63rd
At once beholden to the established conventions of the genre and delightfully subversive of them, Ip Man is one of the most exciting -- and refreshingly character-driven -- martial arts films in years.
Rated 14 Jul 2010
82
68th
A bit jingoistic, but there was a good story in there. Engrossing and entertaining flick. Well done epilogue.
Rated 14 Jul 2010
74
71st
A typical kung fu movie. Pretty good, could've been done better. The fight scenes were done and the nationalism added a little more meaning than most kung fu movies.
Rated 11 Oct 2010
81
80th
Impressive in the way it embraces its historical setting and real events to become more than just another martial arts film. The plot is well balanced, showing various different aspects of Chinese life before and during wartime, and Ip Man has two baddies, various disciples, and his wife and child to interact with, which shows a lot of sides of his character. But as good as the fights are, I couldn't help but feel that a little more magic was needed to raise this film to exceptional status.
Rated 17 Jun 2022
80
66th
Good fight and unique? It feels like it's lip synced maybe that's the purpose? I don't really mind it. The film got me hooked.
Rated 27 Jan 2018
80
78th
The martial arts genre certainly has its tropes, including the constant battles between rival schools and the one-man-against-the-world fight sequence. But in Ip Man, these fit neatly within the slightly-fictional biographical story set in the first half of the twentieth century. Donnie Yen is outstanding, using a new style (and choreographed by Sammo Hung), and the story is a little more than just filler around those fights. This is worth watching even if you're not a fan of the genre.
Rated 09 Dec 2010
93
54th
Donnie Yen's Wing Chun scenes are pretty swank, but it's so loaded in narrowminded patriotism that the film is dragged by the weight of agitprop chains.
Rated 14 Dec 2010
68
58th
Really good hand-to-hand fight sequences; the plot is not bad for a kung-fu film, too. I'm pretty sure fans of martial arts films will enjoy this.
Rated 26 Dec 2010
82
77th
I never liked Kung Fu movies so evaded this very often, but when I finally had to watch, it was a pleasant surprise.
Rated 24 Jan 2011
99
98th
I didn't know what to expect (I was thinking typical wire-fu action: infallible hero, family killed, seeks retribution, yadda, yadda) but it was sooooo much better than I could have hoped for. The action scenes were subdued and believable and Donnie Yen is just awesome. Is this movie skewed a bit towards Chinese nationalism? Yes, but deservedly so. If you like good martial arts films that aren't all Matrixed out, try this movie - I don't think you'd be disappointed.
Rated 21 Mar 2011
55
21st
Donnie Yen is the only thing happening here (okay, SImon Yam and some other bit players are fine); the film itself is a long drag through the brackish mud of convention. It hits all the expected notes, from character arcs to nationalism, without actually having anything to say. It wouldn't be as disappointing (who goes into a martial arts film expecting creative or aesthetic greatness?) had it not made such obviously failed attempts to explore the nature of people driven to fight competitively.
Rated 01 Mar 2022
55
29th
Started out well but took a steep dive after the Japanese invasion. The fight scenes were ok but not great, it was all quick cuts and close ups, with flashy set-pieces rather than an actual choreographed fight. Also became silly commie propaganda at that point, before that it was just a peaceful guy who got forced into fighting almost against his will.
Rated 28 May 2011
88
96th
Dovus sanatlari , biyografi, isgal, çin, japonya, kung-fu (Bruce lee'nin hocasi wing chun stilinin gelistiricisi usta ip man'in hayati)
Rated 30 Jun 2011
92
88th
Increible lo que hace este tipo con el cuerpo... excelentes combates.. a los que le gustan las artes marciales no se la pueden perder..
Rated 03 Jul 2011
70
72nd
A very basic "biographical" underdog tale blanketed in solid martial arts action and overwhelming Chinese propaganda (although who cares, really). Simple entertainment; not worth the considerable hype, but still worth a watch.
Rated 07 Jul 2011
93
92nd
tired of all these lame special effects kung-fu flicks with no story? Then check this film out! A solid story with incredible choreography. Nothing special or fancy added to this, just a solid film in all aspects from beginning to end.
Rated 09 Aug 2011
80
88th
Must watch for all kung fu film fans. Insane action and a pretty cool story about a Wing Chun master whos city first gets overrun by theaves and later by the Japanese.
Rated 19 Aug 2011
40
13th
What the hell is this doing on the imdb 250?
Rated 03 Nov 2011
71
31st
Whatever story there is serves as a weak foundation to the fun action sequences, though it gets a bit ridiculous and overindulgent. But hey! That's martial arts film.
Rated 13 Nov 2011
79
65th
A typical martial arts movie where the hero just can't do anything wrong :) The fact that it is based on a true story lends a lot of credibility and interest to the film. Jet Li does an excellent job as the hero. You will love the action in the movie.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
75
70th
Pretty much everything you could want out of a martial arts movie. Well-shot fights, intimidating antagonists, and a strongly-motivated but reserved hero. The only reason I don't score it higher is that it didn't really do much to astound or surprise. It's pretty straightforward.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
50
46th
Decent martial arts flick, though a little melodramatic even for this genre.
Rated 14 Dec 2011
91
96th
Without question, one of the best, if not the best, kung fu biographies ever
Rated 12 Sep 2017
70
69th
First things first: the choreographies are simply amazing and that surely is the main attraction of "Ip Man". Yet this film is not all about ass-kicking as it works well as a biopic too, especially when covering the first years of the Sino-Japanese War. The narrative as well as the more intimate moments are competently made, the ending being particularly moving. But they're far from groundbreaking too and that leaves the fight scenes as the movie's biggest triumph.
Rated 13 Feb 2012
84
77th
84.250
Rated 22 Feb 2012
35
32nd
Good fight scenes but not much else. Story was weak and maybe it was the quality of Netflix subtitles but the script seemed particularly uninspired. Why is it that high-ranking military officials in kung-fu movies are always willing to risk their success in fist fights with random dudes?
Rated 04 Mar 2012
75
69th
The overly nationalistic story is a little silly, but the cinematography and fight scenes are incredibly slick.
Rated 18 Apr 2012
97
99th
Finally! A Martial arts film that has the perfect balance of drama and action! The characters are interesting, the story (a more or less true one) is inspiring, and the prowess of these fighters is extraordinary!
Rated 14 May 2012
85
86th
A bit of tongue in cheek humor kept things light through the first half, but when the guns finally come out, it's hard to do anything besides sit and watch in awe while someone takes fifty slaps/punches to the face. Other high points: some nice costumes in the first half, another excellent soundtrack from Kenji Kawai, Donnie Yen.
Rated 21 Feb 2023
68
34th
Contains some great fight scenes but the uneven pacing, uninteresting story and woefully anti-climatic ending dock it points. Donnie Yen is no Jet Li or Jackie Chan or at least he hasn't shown as much in this movie.
Rated 08 Jul 2012
10
92nd
Oh boo hoo, it's pro Chinese. Who gives a shit. The story is solid, the choreography is fantastic, Donnie Yen has incredible screen presence. The cinematography is beautiful and haunting. Great film, I loved it.
Rated 25 Jul 2012
85
85th
Overtly nationalistic and melodramatic, but whatever. There's a great story here, and some mesmerizing fight choreography. Donnie Yen is absolutely lightning with his Wing Chun.
Rated 05 Aug 2012
85
88th
Probably what shot Donnie Yen to popularity with people who don't typically follow martial arts films; Ip Man does a good job setting up the biographical and time piece feeling. However, there is very little based on the actual life of Ip Man in this movie, as everything was dramatized and almost none of those events happened.
Rated 22 Aug 2012
78
85th
Phenomenal martial arts, with a strong story and good enough acting to keep you genuinely invested. The non-fighting scenes are more much memorable than most kung fu films, too.
Rated 03 Jan 2021
100
91st
Donnie Yen is legendary actor. A true story set in Fuoshan (China) in the 1930s Ip Man is admired throughout city for his fighting skills & his upright way of life As the only master in town he does not take any apprentices & lives quiet happy life When invasion of Japan ends his blissful life & lives of all his fellow townspeople, things change. A Japanese general challenges the various masters from the town to a battle. Ip Man is reluctant and finds it more important to support his family.
Rated 19 Dec 2012
80
89th
best martial arts film i had seen..... i realize thats saying alot.... but man oh man was this movie well made... way to bring back the franchise
Rated 09 Jun 2013
50
8th
I'm not a martial arts fan, therefore I didn't apreciate the best aspect of this movie.
Rated 11 Jul 2013
80
26th
Don't like the aesthetic. However the story is decent, the main actor plays his role effectively and the fighting sequences are top notch without being super unrealistic.
Rated 05 Aug 2013
85
87th
It started out rather silly and while I wasn't disliking it I thought it wasn't going to be as good as people were saying, then the Japanese showed up. Some absolutely great martial arts work here. Sort of weird, as an American, to be rooting for the Chinese over the Japanese but why not?
Rated 18 Dec 2020
60
23rd
Decent, not great. If you enjoy martial arts, you'll enjoy this. Otherwise, just skip it.
Rated 26 Oct 2013
8
78th
Great Film!
Rated 08 Dec 2013
63
60th
For all the trappings of the invincible, irreproachable male action hero movie, which certainly prevent this from being convincing as biography and as history, Ip Man is still a nice film. By mixing dazzling fights, folksy humor and quaint Chinese nationalism, it harks to Bruce Lee films (Ip Man's most famous student). In terms of cinematic craftsmanship it is much better, boasting expert cinematography and a great performance by Donnie Yen.
Rated 14 Dec 2013
88
90th
As a biography, it utterly fails, but... whatever. There are better straight martial arts films, as well. But this happens to be set in the era of Japanese occupation of China, and that makes the film much more relevant. Donnie Yen also makes for a very good lead. Combine Donnie Yen, the setting, and the half truths regarding Yip Man's actual life, and this made for a very high quality martial arts film.
Rated 14 Dec 2013
77
64th
The historical liberties Ip Man takes (and that's being nice) detract from an otherwise very solid martial arts film. Donnie Yen kills it.
Rated 27 Dec 2013
50
41st
I know nothing about kung fu movies, but I enjoyed the fights in this. The story, however, is a clumsy, awkward excuse to get from fight to fight (the side story about teaching the cotton mill workers kung fu is especially stupid). Wouldn't be a bad thing if it didn't take itself so damned seriously. The hyper Chinese-nationalist/anti-Japanese sentiment is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. Its representation of international politics is roughly as sophisticated as Rocky IV.
Rated 01 Feb 2014
60
69th
Highly entertaining, I have a weak spot for martial arts.
Rated 15 Mar 2014
87
91st
87.000
Rated 11 Apr 2014
81
78th
Donnie Yen , apart from awesome martial arts scenes, puts one really good performance as well. Great fight scenes, good cinematography and very good music that goes perfectly with certain parts of the movie. Last fight was brilliant.
Rated 12 May 2014
23
67th
Japan gettin' a real bad rap here.
Rated 15 Jun 2014
96
98th
- 11/8/10
Rated 27 Jun 2014
84
84th
Video review of the trilogy: https://youtu.be/RDOzqn8LqD4
Rated 29 May 2024
75
78th
This movie is a real Martial Arts movie in the best and authentic degree!! Many really cool fight scenes, and the story fits the whole thing really well. Awesome work by the crew and Donnie Yen.
Rated 01 Oct 2020
88
71st
Ip was really good.
Rated 20 Aug 2020
65
48th
bu bağlamda dahi olsa milliyetçi tonunu veya aşırı geleneksel ve basit dramatizasyonunu hoş bulmak mümkün değil. ama bunları bir kenara bırakabilince fazlasıyla eğlenceli bir dövüş sanatları filmi kesinlikle. filmin asıl odağı olan dövüş sahneleri çok iyi yönetilmiş - hatta o kadar başarılı ki bir noktadan sonra dublajı bile umursamıyor, keşke sesli çekselermiş diyip durmuyor insan.
Rated 25 Aug 2014
35
16th
Laughable right from the historical "facts" to gender roles and characterisation, and I don't think comedy is what they were going for. Acting isn't great either, but this may just be due to the terrible script. What made the film watchable were the beautiful cinematography and skillfully choreographed fight scenes.
Rated 18 Dec 2014
80
58th
Action packed with the most satisfying and entertaining martial arts.
Rated 09 May 2015
89
89th
Very awesome! Best fight scenes for very long time and the story works!
Rated 04 Jul 2015
47
20th
I suppose the Western comparison for this would be a Chuck Norris film, although I haven't seen one similar (or any) to offer up an accurate mirror. Look for something with a humble patriot lead and a laughably impossible finale..what is missing though, is a tonne of opium abuse on Ip's behalf. Then again, this is one of the loosest bio-pics out there.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
70
63rd
The slow pace only belies some unsuccessful aspiration to be more than it is. The action is great, and there should have been more of it. Donnie Yen is pretty awesome, but one dimensional, as are most relationships, so the film kind of fails as an historical drama and as biography.
Rated 30 Dec 2015
90
83rd
"To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is." -- Bruce Lee This movie is a homage to this spirit. After all, Bruce Lee was the disciple of Ip Man.
Rated 06 Aug 2016
69
44th
Goes a bit overboard with simplistic melodrama and patriotism but very decently made overall. Looks nice and the fights are mostly excellent.

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