Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ip Man

Last night I was lucky enough to see Ip Man (aka Yip Man). Yip Man was the first Sifu (aka martial arts master) to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly. Bruce Lee studied under Yip Man from 1954 to 1957. The film stars Donnie Yen as Yip Man, and the martial arts in the film are nothing short of spectacular. It's been a while since I've seen a martial arts movie of this caliber. I would rank it up there with Fist of Legend. In the wake of weak American taylored kung fu flicks from Jet Li and Jackie Chan, Ip Man is a nice change. There was more than one occasion where I said wow in reaction to the ass beating Donnie Yen delivers. The choreographer is the legendary Sammo Hung, who has worked and directed other Chinese film legends (Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, King Hu, Stephen Chow and John Woo). I highly reccomend this flick! If you don't do subtitles, you'll have to wait for the American release (currently available on a Chinese DVD release only).

Twitch Films has a review of the movie here.

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