Grandmaster Yip Man
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Grandmaster Yip Man

General info
Original title: Ip Man (葉問)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2008
IMDB Rating: 8.2 19114 votes
Plot: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the celebrated martial arts master of Bruce Lee, and the first to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the prefecture-level city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

  • The film's budget is an estimated HK$40 million (US$5 million).
  • Opening box office in China was ranked second place after the Chinese biopic, Forever Enthralled, and has since grossed over CNY$100 million (US$14,705,882).
    In Hong Kong Ip Man came in first place grossing nearly HK$4.5 million (US$579,715), having been released in 37 screens.

  • Ip Man is the first film to be based on the life of the martial artist.
  • Ip Man's eldest son, Ip Chun and his student Leo Au Yeung served as technical consultants for the film (providing advice on story and fight choreography).
  • Shooting took place in Shanghai, which was used to architecturally recreate Foshan.
  • The martial arts scenes were choreographed by Sammo Hung, who had previously collaborated with Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen as an actor for the 2005 film SPL: Sha Po Lang.
  • Yen has described the role being the most difficult in his career, both emotionally and mentally. He spent months preparing for the role, by going on a strict diet which consisted of mainly vegetables and eating one meal a day, training in Wing Chun, and learning more about Ip Man through his two sons. He even went as far as to stay in character after filming, wearing his costume and changing his voice and movement patterns.
  • Producer Raymond Wong had revealed that the sequel, tentatively titled Ip Man 2 would continue Ip Man's story, focusing on his migration to Hong Kong and his four disciples which includes Bruce Lee to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun. Bruce Lee would also be a major character in the film. The sequel's budget is an estimated HK$40 million, and Mandarin Films is aiming for a release towards the end of 2010.
Movie info
Language: Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 105

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Tags: Grandmaster Yip Man, Ip Man, 2008, Hong Kong movies, Action movies, Biography movies, History movies, asian movies

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Grandmaster Yip Man, by Gabriel Chong source:
«If the spirit of martial arts is just as important as its form, then this movie captures perfectly both the spirit of the master Ip Man as well as the art of Wing Chun. Indeed, Ip Man the movie is not just thrilling and exciting, it is moving and affecting.»
LoveHKfilm, by Kevin Ma source:
«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.», by Nix source:
«Being a biopic, of course the main focus is on Ip Man, although there are a couple of other interesting characters that get screen time. Most notably, there is a Chinese cop turned Japanese translator (and perceived traitor) played by Ka Tung Lam, who probably has the film’s deepest character arc.»

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Yip, WilsonYIP Wilson
WONG Edmond
WONG Bak-Ming
Kawai, KenjiKAWAI Kenji
Mandarin Films Distribution Co.
Shanghai Film Group
Time Antaeus Media Group


Yen, DonnieYEN Donnie
as Ip Man
Yam, SimonYAM Simon
as Zhou Qing Quan
Fan, Siu-WongFAN Siu-Wong
as Jin Shan Zhao
Lam, Ka TungLAM Ka Tung
as Li Zhao
Xing, YuXING Yu
as Master Zealot Lin
Wong, You-NamWONG You-Nam
as Shao Dan Yuan
Hui, Chen ZhiHUI Chen Zhi
as Master Liao
Hung, LynnHUNG Lynn
as Zhang Yong Cheng
Ikeuchi, HiroyukiIKEUCHI Hiroyuki
as Miura

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