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Behind every great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife, and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung fu warriors -- ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. This biopic from director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story. ~ Nathan… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"A dazzling, exhilarating, refreshingly character-driven and thoroughly captivating experience that must be seen on the big screen. It's unlike any martial arts film you've seen before."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The astonishing fight scenes are some of the most exciting ever filmed in a martial arts movie that raises the bar for the genre. For any martial arts fan, "Ip Man" is mandatory viewing."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"It remains an inexplicable, contextless bit of kung fu historicosploitation -- albeit a very satisfying one."
‑ Simon Abrams, New York Press
"First-rate martial-arts film about Bruce Lee's real-life teacher."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"The fanboys and girls won't notice such failings amid the displays of wing chun kung fu--the extras and body doubles do some truly impressive acrobatics--and those with a taste for big historical tearjerkers will be happy as well."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Not only is it one of the most entertaining and exciting movies out of Hong Kong for many years; Ip Man is a bona fide martial arts classic."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
"As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The movie is clearly hagiographic, but this aspect and its general function as a martial arts movie are supported greatly by Yen."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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