New York Times - 10/01/2010
"[With] excellent fight sequences, directed by Sammo Hung..."
A.V. Club - 09/30/2010
"[A]s an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, IP MAN is often thrilling." -- Grade: B
Hollywood Reporter - 09/30/2010
"While giving a new spin to the images of Chan and Jan, both legendary persons in martial arts and movie worlds, the film echoes the ethics of lineage and sanctity of the master-disciple relationship in films of the '70s."
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.
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