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Donnie Yen (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Action Director)
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Collaborating with director Wilson Yip for the fourth time, action star Donnie Yen takes the leading role in a momentous biopic of martial arts legend Ip Man, the Wing Chun grandmaster whose many students included Bruce Lee. Set in 1930s and 40s China during the Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man follows in the spirit of blockbuster period actioners like Fearless and Once Upon a Time in China with a rousing bout of folk hero patriotism and a breathtaking display of martial arts. Endorsed by Ip Man's son who served as a consultant for the film, Ip Man takes some liberties with history, but cuts no corners when it comes to the intense action scenes choreographed by Sammo Hung. Donnie Yen delivers perhaps the best acting performance of his career, along with his usual jaw-dropping martial arts machismo. Ip Man co-stars Simon Yam (Fatal Move), Gordon Lam (Sparrow), Wong Yau Nam (AV), martial artists Fan Siu Wong (The Moss) and Xing Yu (Kung Fu Hustle), and Japanese actor and judo black-belt holder Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Karaoke Terror) as Yen's main rival.

Ip Man opens in 1930s Foshan, a town steeped in kung fu heritage and lined with an abundance of martial arts schools. The undisputed toast of Foshan though is Ip Man (Donnie Yen), known not only for his superb martial arts, but also for his great humility and integrity. Content with his wealthy, low-key life with his wife (Lynn Xiong Dai Ling) and son, Ip Man refuses to take disciples, though he is at times forced to give sound beatings to rash challengers. Everything changes, however, when war hits. There's no more time for martial arts as Ip Man works hard to support his family through this time of poverty and oppression. But he can stay silent no longer when a Japanese general (Ikeuchi Hiroyuki) begins challenging Chinese martial artists to fatal duels.

The Special Edition of Ip Man comes with 125 minutes of English-subtitled special features including making of, interviews, deleted scenes, shooting diary, and featurettes on Ip Man and Wing Chun martial arts.

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Product Title: Ip Man (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 葉問 (2008) (DVD) (雙碟特別版) (香港版) 叶问 (2008) (DVD) (双碟特别版) (香港版) 葉問 (DVD2枚組特別版) (香港版) Ip Man (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong (Actor) | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Shi Yan Neng (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 池內博之 (Actor) | 黃又南 (Actor) | 釋延能 (行宇) (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 池内博之 (Actor) | 黄又南 (Actor) | 释延能 (行宇) 延能 (Actor) 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 樊少皇(ルイス・ファン) (Actor) | 池内博之 (Actor) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) (Actor) | 釋行宇 (シー・シンユー) (Actor) 견자단 (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong (Actor) | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Shi Yan Neng (Actor)
Director: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Action Director: Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) Sammo Hung
Release Date: 2009-02-12
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 107 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014037993

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* DVD Format:
- The movie: DVD-9
- Special Feature: DVD-5
* Special Features (125 mins)(With Traditional Chinese & English Subtitle) :
- Disc 1:
~ Trailer
~ Deleted Scenes
~ Pre-Production
~ Shooting Diary
~ Photo Gallery
~ Teaser
~ History of Wing Chun
~ Ip Man - The Master
- Disc 2:
~ Making-of
~ Main scenes
~ Gala Premiere
~ Interviews with Director & Cast
Director : Yip Wai-shun

Ip Man is adapted from the life story of Ip Man, the grand master of the Wing Chun style of kung fu and sifu (master) of legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee. Wing Chun has a history of more than 200 years. It was founded by Yim Wing Chun, took root in the hands of Leung Chun, and prospered with Ip Man. The art of Wing Chun has now become very popular with martial arts enthusiasts, especially overseas. It is a traditional Chinese martial art with a formidable reputation internationally......
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Professional Review of "Ip Man (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

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March 9, 2009

Ip Man was arguably the most anticipated film of last year for martial arts fans, not only as it tells the tale of the real life Wing Chun grandmaster and Bruce Lee's teacher, but as it marks the fourth collaboration between director Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen. As if this wasn't enough, the film also boasts fight choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, and was blessed by Ip Man's son, who actually worked as a consultant on the film. In addition, the film features a fine supporting cast, including Simon Yam (who co-starred with Yen in the excellent SPL), Gordon Lam (recently in Johnnie To's pickpocket drama Sparrow), and Wong Yau Nam (also in Pang Ho Cheung's AV), making it an exciting prospect, even for those not usually fans of martial arts cinema or historical epics.

The film is set in the 1930s in Foshan, a town well known for its martial arts tradition. Although different schools struggle for supremacy, Ip Man is widely known as the champion, beating not only local masters but also challengers who come from far and wide to test his skills. Despite his talents, he shows great humility, and spends most of his time practicing his Wing Chun style and quietly looking after his wife (Lynn Xiong Dai Ling) and son. Unfortunately everything changes with the brutal Japanese invasion, and Ip Man is forced to work in the local factory. Although he tries to keep out of the spotlight, he soon becomes embroiled in trouble as a cruel Japanese general (played by Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Karaoke Terror) sets about challenging all of the local martial artists.

The most obvious comparison for Ip Man is with Ronny Yu's Jet Li vehicle Fearless with both sharing a similar historic setting, themes and indeed plot. Of the two, Ip Man is undoubtedly the better film, both as an epic (if perhaps not particularly accurate) historical drama, and as a martial arts thriller. This is largely due to the fact that, although perhaps less well known, for the moment at least, Yip is arguably the better director. Here, he draws upon his recent martial arts experience with the likes of SPL and Flashpoint and gives the film the same gritty feel. The film certainly benefits from this tough edge, which helps distract from the inherent familiarity of the story, which though gripping is rather predictable, and helps to set it apart not only from its peers, but also from the vast hordes of other historical dramas and costume epic that continue to pour into Chinese cinemas. Unsurprisingly, the film is a patriotic affair, especially towards the end as the inevitable duel with national pride at stake looms large, with lots of noble speeches and nationalistic sentiment. However, the film does feature some moral complexities, for example with regards to the character of Gordon Lam's traitorous interpreter, and through the fact that Ip Man spends almost as much of his time fighting against or being betrayed by Northern bandits as he does the Japanese. To be fair, although the plot does play out pretty much as expected, it does so in suitably rousing style, and the film does manage to keep the viewer engaged even outside of the many fight scenes. It's worth noting that the DVD release also includes a number of very worthwhile deleted scenes that fill in several blanks in the story and clarify the fates of three main characters, making them essential post-film viewing.

Of course, Yen carries the film on his shoulders, and is on great form, showing incredible speed and skill whether taking on one or ten opponents. Yip gives him plenty of chances to really let his fists fly, and the film includes some truly breathtaking scenes and set pieces. The action comes thick and fast, and features some dynamic and exciting fight choreography from Sammo Hung, representing his best work for some years. The film benefits from being brutal and realistic, with plenty of broken bones and flying blood that again give it a hard visceral edge likely to please genre fans. There are several stand out scenes, with the final duel between Yen and Hiroyuki being particularly thrilling. The film boasts some gorgeous production values, and comes complete with believable sets and a pleasing eye for historic detail. Yip makes the very most of this and the film is visually very impressive, successfully bringing to life both the pre war opulence and the grim devastation of the Japanese invasion. Showing a great use of light and shadow he manages to ground the drama and action, whilst at the same time giving the film a cinematic, though thankfully not needlessly glamorous or artificially polished look.

Yip and Yen obviously work well together, and as a result Ip Man comes across as being more in tune with their other recent contemporary-set collaborations rather than other historical martial arts dramas. This is undoubtedly a good thing, and the film works very well on several different levels, providing exciting entertainment and standing as one of the best examples of the genre in recent years.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

March 9, 2009

This professional review refers to Ip Man (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
There is one historical fact about real-life martial arts master Ip Man that we can all agree on: the Wing Chun teacher was indeed Bruce Lee's master for several years in Hong Kong. It's a fact that producer Raymond Wong Bak-Ming has no hesitation capitalizing on in Wilson Yip's biopic-action film Ip Man. However, the rest of the film is completely questionable, as Donnie Yen pretty much does what he does in all of his movies in which he possesses the title role: kick ass and ask questions later. In this supposedly true story, the legendary martial arts master kicks the asses of all of his opponents, and no one can stand in Donnie Ip Man's way.

But when he's not beating down fellow martial arts masters and Japanese generals, Ip Man is just a rich martial artist in the town of Fo Shan, which is famous for a local street lined with martial arts schools. Ip is not only respected in town for his incredible kung fu skills, but also for his modesty. In fact, he's so modest that he refuses to take on any students. Ironically, Donnie Yen is one of the least modest martial arts actors in Hong Kong, which makes his performance hard to take in at the beginning.

However, Donnie was able to put away his ego for Ip Man and gives his most subdued performance yet. To make Donnie even appear more subdued, everyone else overacts. Almost overdoing the overacting is Louis Fan, who hams it up as Master Jin, a kung fu master who arrives in Fo Shan from the north to start his own martial arts school by first beating down every competitor in town. Naturally, only Ip Man/Donnie can reclaim the town's honor, and that's exactly what happens.

Being a China-Hong Kong co-production, Ip Man spends a majority of its screentime on the kung fu master's life during the Japanese occupation. This gives an excuse for Yip and co. to satisfy the Chinese audience's continuing desire to see Japanese ass get kicked by having Donnie/Ip Man do just that. General Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi) sends ex-policeman-turned-translator Li (Gordon Lam) to recruit Fo Shan martial artists to fight his team of cronies. Eventually, Miura is so impressed with Ip Man's martial arts skills that he asks the master to teach Chinese martial arts to his soldiers. This being a film intended for China, it's easy to guess what Ip's answer is. This being a Donnie movie, it's pretty easy to guess how he responds, too.

Actually, that's the one other historical fact that screenwriter Edmond Wong gets right. According to whatever recorded history exists, Ip was indeed offered the job of teaching the Japanese martial arts during the occupation, and he did refuse out of principle. However, what Ip Man probably didn't do was beat down ten soldiers at once with lightning-speed punches to the neck. However, who really cares about historical accuracy when the action is this exciting? Action director Sammo Hung maintains a precarious balance between finesse and brutality in the fight scenes, giving them an adrenaline-pumping intensity that makes Ip Man an equal to SPL in the action department. Despite the usual Donnie posturing and pre-fight antics that can get tiresome, the action star does deliver what he does best when it counts.

Credit also goes to director Wilson Yip and scriptwriter Wong for striking a fine balance between action and drama. Each fight is focused and serves a purpose in the plot, making them easy to get involved in without feeling exhausted when it's over. Of course, it also helps that Hung leaves the action to real action-oriented actors such as Yen, Louis Fan, and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, who actually has a black belt in Judo. Knowing that these are actually people who have the physical ability to deliver what's shown on screen significantly helps in getting into the fight scenes.

However, while Ip Man may be a success as an action movie, it's a failure as a biopic. The story is told in an episodic structure that's more about what Ip can do rather than who Ip really was. The producers rely on too much on the audience's good faith, and assume that their titular character is automatically a good man just because they tell the audience that he was Bruce Lee's master. Rather than a flesh-and-blood character, the Ip Man in Ip Man is more of a folk hero caricature.

Raymond Wong and Wilson Yip are obviously aiming for some kind of potential Once Upon a Time in China-like franchise by portraying Ip as a Wong Fei-Hung-level saint. However, the film plays too fast and loose with facts in order to please Chinese censors and the patriotic Chinese audience, and is unable to find a true-life story that delivers upon the film's potential. For example, the real Ip escaped to Hong Kong and likely lost his wealth because he was a Kuomintang member - a fact conveniently ignored during the ending intertitles. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the film was made with the approval of Ip's eldest son, with the child actor who plays him getting plenty of random cutaway shots that make him a larger presence in the film than he deserves.

Without the crutch of the evil Japanese villains, it will be interesting to see where Wilson Yip takes Ip Man 2, which will presumably show the Wing Chun master taking his brand of ass-kicking to Hong Kong, where he becomes Bruce Lee's teacher. However, by then Hong Kong's favorite auteur Wong Kar-Wai will also be working on his own Ip Man biopic with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in the lead. Given that, it may have been wise for Wilson Yip to make Ip Man a pure action film without regard for real history. After all, Wong Kar-Wai's version will likely deliver better drama, acting and historical accuracy than Ip Man. But, as long as Donnie keeps delivering lightning-speed punches to his opponents for the rest of the Ip Man franchise, Yip's take on Ip will always be worth watching.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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February 13, 2009

"I'm Ip Man."
Donnie Yen isn't just the Man, he's Ip Man. Hong Kong's most prolific martial arts actor goes for Fearless-type cred in director Wilson Yip's biopic of the legendary Wing Chun master. The film tells the tale of Ip Man (Yen) during the 1930s and 40s, covering his rise to prominence in 1930s Foshan, plus his involvement with the imperialist Japanese . Noted for its many famous kung-fu masters, Foshan comes under siege from surly kung fu master Jin Shan Zhao (Fan Siu-Wong), who's looking to rob Foshan's resident martial arts masters of their fame and face. They're quick to jump to the challenge, and all are quick to lose - that is, all except Ip Man, who seems to have zero ego and is overflowing with serene modesty. Eventually Ip Man is required to accept Jin's challenge, but as one would expect, Ip has no problem knocking Jin down to size. However, when the Japanese invade China, even Ip Man's Wing Chun is of no help.

Or maybe it is. Though Ip Man is billed as a biography of the famed Wing Chun master, it takes massive liberties with actual history. Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen seem to be more concerned with capturing Ip Man's spirit rather than his actual experiences and exploits. Ergo, his refusal to train the Japanese forces has been adapted to the screen as a framework for some physical one-versus-many battles between Ip Man and the Japanese soldiers, all culminating in a one-on-one match between Ip Man and the honorable, though still somewhat evil General Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi). Can Ip Man beat up Miura and restore the honor of the Chinese people? There are currently two sequels in production to Ip Man, so the answer should be pretty obvious.

However, obvious answers can sometimes make for entertaining film, and that's exactly what Ip Man is: entertaining. As a biopic, Ip Man doesn't convince, and is historically inaccurate, not to mention over-the-top in its unflattering portrayal of the Japanese soldiers. However, as an action drama, Ip Man earns its wings, proving rousing and exhilarating, if not sensitive or particularly subtle. Sammo Hung's action direction is top notch, and the one-versus-many beatdowns possess an entertaining and even emotional edge not seen since the days of Fist of Legend. Donnie Yen brings the film to another level; besides being convincing when he's whaling away at everyone in sight, Yen is surprisingly subtle, capturing Ip Man's calm demeanor and also his buried inner emotion. Ip Man may not be the career turning point for Donnie Yen that Fearless was for Jet Li, but it's surely a step in the right direction.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (10)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 9 out of 10 (21)

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August 31, 2011

This customer review refers to Ip Man (DVD) (Korea Version)
touching! great film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is one of the very best films in recent years. Love it despite of having reservations with Donny Yen who I did not particular like. However, he was as great as could be and I changed my view about him. The love Ip Man had for his country, his family and friends were all so well illustrated. Also a little insight into how cruel the Japanese were towards the Chinese during the occupation although in real, they were far worse. A must seen film.
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June 5, 2010

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Donnie Yen at his BEST Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
By now you must know this was the best HK film in 2008. The movie stands out from the rest of martial arts film due to the other aspects of the film - focus on family values, friendship, love for country ...etc. Don't get me wrong, the action was superb, thanks to Sammo's choreography and Donnie's delivery. Moreover, it would not be exaggerated to say that this would not be the same film without Donnie. Donnie delivered his best acting and action to date in this film. He abandons his normal style and truly embraced this character, thus bringing life and credibility to this film. The supporting roles were well cast as well especially with Ip Man's wife, played by someone with no acting experience. Some criticize Donnie's acting as bland, but in reality, his portayal of Ip Man is true to the master himself, according to Ip Chun (Ip Man's son). He was also able to capture the transition of a privileged man to a broken man mid movie without a hitch. The film is near perfection under the direction of Wilson Yip. It is truly the best collaboration between Donnie and Wilson.
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March 30, 2010

really good film marred by unoriginal story. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
its hard to review a film that many has deamed amazing, Ip man is such film, on some levels the film is outstanding like the fight scenes which shows donnie yen dishing out relentlessly fast punches but it is the story that is its major down fall unfortunately it has been done countless times; depicting the rise of a heroic figure against foreign oppression, here the film depicts the japanese one sided - evil. in fact the story is pretty similar a certain film called Fearless. you have all the archetype characters like seedy character, fighting antagonist, righteous hero, good friend etc.

as mentioned before fight scenes are fantastic donnie yen embodies wing chun with power and his speed is phenomenal. wire work is used occasionally which can prove distracting for a film so rooted in reality but they are minor annoyances. the fights are a refreshing change from what we see in the cinemas.

Donnie yen gives a subdued performance carrying the film, giving his character confidence. All other actors carry them selfs well, Gordon lam is one of the best in the film requiring him to flip from sleeze to tortured with ease.

maybe im being a bit harsh but for a film to be given so much praise and recognition faults are hard to ignore.
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September 26, 2009

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WOW!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
IP MAN IS THE FIRST MOVIE I HAVE SEEN FOR DONNIE YEN PORTRAYING A VERY SERIOUS ROLE. WITH THIS MOVIE, I CAN SAY THAT HE IS NOT ONLY GOOD IN ACTION BUT ALSO IN DRAMA. THIS PERIOD FILM HAS A HEART AND DEFINITELY MAKE YOU CRY. WORTH BUYING. DESERVES EVERY AWARD.
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September 7, 2009

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I like it Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
To be honest, I am not even a Kung Fu action fan. I saw this movie simply because I heard that it was a very popular
movie. I have to say, I was captivated by the action and the story. . I don't really know anything about Ip Man and I don't know how
accurate the movie is but it is a good story . It makes me respect Ip Man but mostly it makes me realize what a
horrible time it was . I probably will never waste food again ,after seeing Ip Man took the bloody bag of rice to
the family of the dead person.
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