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- Movie: Ip Man
- Chinese: 葉問 (Ip Man)
- Director: Wilson Yip
- Writer: Edmond Wong
- Producer: Bak-Ming Wong
- Cinematography: O Sing-Pui
- Release Date: December 18, 2008
- Runtime: 105 min.
- Language: Cantonese
- Country: Hong Kong
Set in 1930’s Foshan, China, an area known for its martial arts prowess, Ip Man lives the regal life of a prosperous martial arts master. Ip Man devotes the majority of his time honing his skills in the art of Wing Chung, while living blissfully with wife and child in a mansion like home. On a regular basis, masters of the many martial art clubs comes to Ip’s home to challenge him to a duel. These duels are all done in the secrecy of Ip’s home, as Ip Man is a modest man and never wants to embarrass his peers – because they will inevitably get their ass handed to them by Master Ip.
Then, Ip Man’s world gets turned upside down by the outbreak of the second Sino-Japanese War and the sub-sequent invasion of China by the Japanese Imperial Army. The quality of life in Foshan sinks to sub-poverty levels as the Japanese military drains Foshan of its natural resources. During this time, Ip Man works humbly in a coal mining factory to support his wife and child. Things turn for the worse when his long time friend Lin is killed by the Japanese army after competing in a martial arts exhibition against the Japanese. Although Ip Man is an inherently peaceful man, this last act of aggression by the Japanese army causes Ip Man to stand up against his oppressors once and for all. In the next martial arts exhibition, Ip Man takes on 10 of the Japanese fighters and defeats them handily. The reigning leader of the region, General Miura, takes an interest in Ip Man and attempts to enlist him to train his Japanese soldiers. Ip Man refuses and eventually, a dual between Ip Man and General Miura takes place in the town center.
- Related titles:
- Ip Man (2008)
- Ip Man 2 (2010)
- Related titles (other films based on the life of Yip Man):
|Donnie Yen||Lynn Hung||Simon Yam||Siu-Wong Fan|
|Master Ip||Zhang Yong Cheng||Zhou Qing Quan||Jin Shan Zhao|
|Gordon Lam||Wong You-Nam||Hiroyuki Ikeuchi||Sammo Hung Kam-Bo|
|Li Zhao||Shao Dan Yuan||General Miura||cameo|
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