Monday, September 28, 2009

Chinese Movie - Ip Man

* Audio - Chinese
* Subtitle - English
* Year - 2008
* Genre - Martial arts, Biographical
* Run Time - 108 mins


Donnie Yen - Ip Man
Simon Yam - Chow Ching-Chuen
Louis Fan - Jin Shan Zhao
Lynn Hung - Zhang Yong Cheng
Lam Ka-Tung - Li Zhao
Li Ze - Ip Chun
Xing Yu - Zealot Lin


Ip Man (traditional Chinese: 葉問; simplified Chinese: 叶问; pinyin: Yè Wèn) is a 2008 Hong Kong martial arts semi-biopic film that is based on the life of Ip Man, the celebrated martial arts master of Bruce Lee, and the first to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the prefecture-level city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung. Ip's two sons, Ip Chun and Ip Ching, along with several Wing Chun practitioners also appear in the film.

Ip Man is the first film to be based on the life of the martial artist. After a first attempt to portray Ip's life on screen resulted in the project being abandoned, producer Raymond Wong developed his own film with full consent from Ip's sons, and had filmmakers head to Foshan, to research Master Ip's life. Ip Chun, Ip Man's eldest son served as a consultant for the film. Donnie Yen, who was set to star in the abandoned film project, received a star fee and was invited to join Wong's production after a successful collaboration with director Wilson Yip on the 2007 film Flash Point.

Ip Man was released in Hong Kong on 18 December 2008, [1] receiving widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences. The film was also released in New Zealand, and was the first country to release the Cantonese version due to time zone differences. Following its critical and commerical success, Ip Man was nominated for 12 Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.



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