Written August 30, 2013
you better know one of two things. either how to speak chinese or how to read. the movie is sub-titled. but that doesnt take away from the story it is a good true story. but i like going to a movie to watch a movie not to miss part of it while reading.
Written September 09, 2013
This is a must see movie if you want to learn about the history and story of Ip Man. The fight scenes are very good. The only thing that I would say that was supersizing is that there are sub titles in the whole movie so you have to pay close to attention to the movie. If you decide to go to something to eat or go to the bathroom you are going to be lost.
Written August 31, 2013
This Chinese movie with subtitles was classic in its great attention to martial detail, classy romantic themes, and charming tendency to exaggerate. Think of it like Titanic - a romantic novel placed in a historical setting. Only instead of rich vs. poor, you have Northern Bagua and Xingyi vs. Southern Wing Chun. The characters are familiar to martial artists (including yours truly) and it's clearly a bit of propaganda for the Wing Chun crowd. The MMA folks will note the lack of grappling throughout, but shouldn't be deterred given the detailed and accurate fight sequences. If you aren't a martial arts movie aficionada, you will still enjoy the history, romance, themes of honor, and stunning cinematography. There should be no hesitation bringing young teens to this movie. In fact it's a great opportunity to discuss the occupation of China, the transformation to what it is today, and the spread of Chinese martial culture. This Shakespearean tragedy leaves with a note of hope.
Written September 10, 2013
This movie isn't really as cool as it seems. There's definitely not that much martial arts in this movie and is kind of confusing with all the Chinese tradition and stuff. The acting is pretty good and the directing is pretty good, but the scripts aren't really for the American population. There's a lot of Chinese customs in the scripts, making the scripts fairly hard to understand and very tacky. Yes, Chinese movies tend to make the characters speak exaggeratedly deep over something as simple as, "You insulted my family's name." Seriously, no need to go into metaphors using dumplings and stuff like that. I really do wish I saw more fighting in this and that the fight scenes weren't so special effects oriented. The effects focused more on objects and parts of the body than the whole person. You can't really see them fighting very well. If you like asian martial art stuff, I'd suggest you watch something like, Bodyguards and Assassins. That one is better. :)
Written September 20, 2013
SUPPOSEDLY THIS MOVIE WAS CONTINUING HISTORY OF IP MAN LIFE IN HIS LATER YEARS AND HAS A LOVE STORY INVOLVED WITH ZERO CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE TWO STARS. THIS MOVIE BLEW CHUNKS IT WAS LIKE BEING HOME WATCHING ICE MELT..SAVE YOUR MONEY