Director: Wilson Yip Starring: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Simon Yam, Gordon Lam Ka-tung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Fan Siu-wong, Xing Yu, Chen Zhihui, Li Ze
Certificate: 15 Running Time: 108 Minutes
Tagline: "The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee"
Even after all these years, the biggest martial arts screen icon is surely still the immortal Bruce Lee. He was born with a lot of natural talent which was put to good use during his short life, but any amount of talent needs to be nurtured and refined. Who did that for Mr. Lee? That would be Wing Chun master, Ip Man. We meet him in the 1930's as a 40-something resident of Fushan, a southern Chinese city which is home to many martial arts schools. As an independently wealthy man, none of them are run by Ip (Yen), but he is the most skilled and respected martial artist in the city and frequently trains and spars with local masters. Aside from that, he spends his time in a fairly slouchy manner with his friends or family. This near-idyllic life is, however, brought to an abrupt end by the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.
|Why fight one karate dude when you can fight ten?|
|Ip defending his friends and their cotton mill...|
RKS Score: 8/10