The Japanese soldiers patrol the once prosperous Fo Shan, looking for Chinese men willing to fight in a staged tournament against the toughest Japanese masters. When Ip Man’s friend is brutally killed, he immediately joins the fight club in order to avenge the death of his buddy. Although Ip Man is far superior on a technical basis, it contains much of the symbolism and irony, chronicling the Chinese people’s oppression under Japanese occupation that was present in Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury. Donnie Yen has appeared in over 55 films in a career spanning nearly 30 years, Ip Man is some of his most impressive work to date.
If you consider yourself a fan of Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and of course Bruce Lee, than Ip Man is not to be missed. In fact you will probably want to see it more than once, a rare instant classic in the Asian martial arts movies sub-genre. A stirring film about a man that practices not only kung-fu but benevolence during a time when the Japanese army was abusing its military power. Heavy stuff, particularly for us westerners that have grown accustomed to action stars that crack jokes and one-liners as often as they bust skulls.
Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan