• uhhhhh

    ★★½ Added by uhhhhh

    I entered this with high expectations and left feeling unfulfilled. There are a million kung-fu movies from the '70s that are better than this.

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  • Sean Summ

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Sean Summ 23 Jan, 2016

    Badass, grounded, moving, impressive, well directed, and sassy as hell. Surely one of the best martial arts flicks ever made. Despite a little over-editing with the fight scenes, they are still well shot and the choreography is exhilarating, though not forgoing a solid story with strong themes.

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  • Steven Cohen

    ★★★½ Watched by Steven Cohen 24 Jan, 2016

    My memories of The Grandmaster made me interested in checking out this less-artsy-but-more-action depiction of Ip Man's life. The movie plays kind of like a Chinese Rocky, had Rocky Balboa been a real-life historical figure. The digital photography looks kind of cheap, but the fights are great - Donnie Yen obviously has a great gift for martial arts and the joyful look on his face as he practices it throughout the movie's first act is infectious. Ip Man isn't depicted…

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  • Scott Calibrax

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Scott Calibrax 24 Jan, 2016

    This movie blew me away- I expected a good "martial arts" movie, but was really surprised to find a rousing, heartfelt story about China during the Japanese occupation. The film effectively shows how martial arts is about so much more than just punching and kicking: in the film, and in the life of Ip Man, martial arts becomes an embodiment of the Chinese national character and culture, the expression of the dignity and spirit of the Chinese people, and a…

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  • Kevin Nguyen

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Kevin Nguyen 21 Jan, 2016

    Easily one of the best modern martial arts films, Ip Man delivers unparalleled fight choreography, while still managing to maintain a grounded, emotional story.

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  • cjdx

    ★★★ Watched by cjdx 12 Jan, 2016

    Very propaganda

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  • Jeff M

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff M 22 Jan, 2016

    Much more of a historical drama than I expected. Along with generous portions of Kung Fu, of course!

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  • Long Tin Harry Ngai

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Long Tin Harry Ngai 06 Jan, 2016

    The early career of Wing Chun master, Ip Man, is stylishly accounted in this semi-biopic that filled with many great martial arts performances by Donnie Yen.

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  • Ethan Cook

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ethan Cook 21 Jan, 2016

    A good foreign movie (or any movie for that matter) should be understandable by any audience, no matter what language or country you're from. Ip Man is nothing short of perfect when it comes to how amazingly it handles it's story and concepts, juggling several different plots, all with one overarching character, and that character is fantastic in every way. Ip Man himself (played by the lovable Donnie Yen) is so grounded that you can't help but feel for him…

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  • Bill Riggs

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Bill Riggs 21 Jan, 2016

    The beginning of the legend. Excellent martial arts action and choreography.

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  • Joe Campbell

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joe Campbell 20 Jan, 2016

    This is one of those rare movies that is both incredibly entertaining AND an inspiring, well written story.

    I wish that American action movies would take some notes out of the Asian action handbook. Here are fast cuts but they move with the action, accentuating the real talent on display instead of hiding it. The camera isn't afraid to stand back, letting the martial artists have free range of movement and showing off exactly what they're capable of. Thus the…

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  • Tanngrisnir

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Tanngrisnir 18 Jan, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ip Man is a great name in Chinese martial arts (though in the West he is best known for having been the teacher of Bruce Lee). This film shows him in Foshan, living a quiet, comfortable life and reluctant to take on students, and then during the Japanese occupation, struggling to get food and clashing with the brutal occupying forces, finally duelling with a Japanese general for the honour of their respective martial cultures. It's described as a "semi-biographical" picture,…

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