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 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 12, 2013
Fighting scenes are closeup and personal. Scenes have much emphasis in authenticity with Chinese customs and clothing with the period of the times. I have several Ip Man's DVDs but never heard of Ip Man's relationship with his teacher's daughter. Worth seeing - movie upholds martial arts principles and ideals.
Written September 01, 2013
This movie was not what people expected. Most naysayers say it sucked because they really don't understand what the movie is about.This is the fourth installment about Ip Man. (Bruce Lee's former Sifu) Yes it's about Kung Fu (Wing Chun in particular). Granted it's an inspired story and not totally true. There isn't a lot of action but when it's there enjoy it. The fight choreography is really good. If you want more action, you can rent or see 'Ip Man' on Netflix or demand starring Donnie Yen. That movie is also very good with more action. This is more about Ip Man the MAN, the philosophy of Wing Chun style and other styles of Northern Kung Fu. The elements of his life rapidly go through time and you will see a young pre-teen Bruce Lee. It is beautiful filmed with wonderful costumes, direction and cinematography. Oh yea the acting's good too. There is some language but no gory violence See this movie
Written September 01, 2013
First of all, I did not expect it to be subtitled. Next, this movie has a long story, almost to the point of being a documentary more than an entertainment movie. 2 of my favorite Karate movies are the 1st two Ip Man movies. They had a story, but more action along with less story. This is the opposite. Some decent fight scenes, but more story than fights. It's a pretty movie, but I don't go to a Karate movie to see pretty.
Even the fight scenes are not as good as the Ip Man movies. The bad guy fight that this builds up doesn't happen. The major fight scenes it does have are blurred, sped up, and usually have snow or rain fall to additionally blur what you see, just like in the Cover/Title pic to the left of my blog. Also, the fighter is good, but not as good and especially not Hard Hitting like Donnie Yen in the original Ip Man's is. Don't get me wrong, there are some hard hits here where guys get knocked thru walls, but Ip doesn't really look like he can hit that hard here.