Ip Man
Ip Man (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At once beholden to the established conventions of the genre and delightfully subversive of them, Ip Man is one of the most exciting -- and refreshingly character-driven -- martial arts films in years.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Noel Murray
AV Club

As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.

Simon Abrams
New York Press

It remains an inexplicable, contextless bit of kung fu historicosploitation -- albeit a very satisfying one.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite.

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Diva Velez

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Simple, yet effective plot and storytelling to go along with exquisite direction and modern-day martial arts choreography makes Ip Man a brilliant one-two punch… More
Albert Kim
An actual martial arts film that had drama that worked. It didn't rely on good choreography in order to make the movie entertaining; the character-driven… More
Kevin M. Williams
Martial arts master does not want to fight. Does NOT want to fight. DOES NOT. Okay. OK. Fight. Kick ass all over the place. What could be better in a martial… More
Lewis C.
Ip Man is an excellent martial arts film that combines some of the best fight scenes on film with a great story that's involving, occasionally amusing,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The unfortunate lack of structure and focus of the irregular script is compensated by an outstanding cinematography and production design, a wonderful score and… More
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Action drama and semi-biopic of one of the pioneers of the Wushu martial-arts school and also teacher and mentor to the legend Bruce Lee. Donnie Yen stars as Ip… More