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Wing Chun grandmaster Ip has an amazing wife, plenty of money, the most beautiful house in town, and a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japan war (1937), Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills catch the eye of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura, who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense challenge to both his training and his honor.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.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
"As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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
"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
"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
"Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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
"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
"First and foremost, Ip Man is an excuse for Yen to demonstrate his newfound mastery of the Wing Chun style. On that front, the film succeeds brilliantly."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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