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Behind every great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung-fun warriors - ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. This biopic starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The fanboys and girls won't notice such failings amid the displays of wing chun kung fu--the extras and body doubles do some truly impressive acrobatics--and those with a taste for big historical tearjerkers will be happy as well.
Fresh: Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung.
Fresh: Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee.
Rotten: If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere.
I actually loved this movie and recommend any martial arts enthusiast to give it a chance. It tells of a time period and where Bruce Lee's lessons & experiences came from. Racism exists everywhere and I feel that Ip Man made a difference for his family and for his country, teaching a big lesson to those that hurt him, his family & friends. Donnie Yen does an amazing job playing the part of Ip Man and his martial arts experience really shows.
AMAZING AND INSPIRING
Impeccable, emotional and very moving. I enjoyed every moment of it. Love love LOVED it!!!!!
One of the best
This has to be hands down one of the best movies ever made.
It has elements of everything.