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This post was edited by Cicci at 2011-12-13 17:24|
Director : Wilson Yip
Action Director : Sammo Hung
screenwriter : Edmond Wong
Costume designer : Wu Bao Ling
Cast : Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Iikeuchi, Simon Yam, Fan siu wong, Lam ka tung, Wong you nam
Ip Man, a kung fu movie directed by Wilson Yip, mainly tells the story of the great martial arts master Ip Man, his fervor and passion on the martial arts Wing Chun in the 1930s. Starring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, the film won the Best Picture award at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards on April 19, 2009.
A very important clue in Ip Man is the fights between Ip Man and the Japanese invaders. In the film, plots like Ip Man alone defeated ten Japanese martial artists from a martial club and he beat General Miura despite his personal safety would definitely stir up the patriotism of the general audience. Heart-stirring plots in films like Fist of Legend, Fearless (Huo Yuanjia) etc have also reflected in Ip Man.
Though Donnie Yen had never practiced Wing Chun Kuen before, his understanding to it was really amazing. Trained by Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen has presented on the big screen the power of Wing Chun Kuen with his swift, fierce and unrestrained movements. His quick punches within a second bring great enjoyment to the audience. Thanks to the excellent fighting scenes, Ip Man was acclaimed as “this year’s best Chinese kung fu movie.”
In the film, Ip is a good guy. He loves his wife, his child, his friends, his hometown and his country, and in the mean time hates bandits, Japanese invaders, and all those without conscience. Once he determines to do something, he will march forward courageously, despite the danger of losing his own life. As in Ip’s heart, some things are more precious than life, such as the dignity of a person and a country. In fact, each time Ip starts fighting, he fights for his dignity. And fighting for dignity is fighting for the martial arts ethics in his mind – starting with benevolence, and considering others in his own place. As an actor, Donnie Yen has successfully brought out the calm, restrained and refined temperament of Ip Man, displaying his masculine charm to a full extent.
Classic lines from Ip Man
Ip Man: “Good kung fu skills do not discriminate against anyone, man or woman, old or young.”
Ip Man: “Even though martial arts are a kind of armed force, our Chinese kung fu includes the ethics of Confucianism and martial arts – benevolence, and considering others in one’s own place. It’s something you Japanese will never get! As you abuse the force, and turn it into violence to bully others, you’re not in the position to learn Chinese kung fu.