Ip Man (Collector's Edition)
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Ip Man Collector's Edition (containing over 2 hours of bonus footage) is an award winning adaptation based on the life of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the grandmaster of Wing Chun and later teacher and mentor to widely influential and legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee. Ip Man is set in the 1930s in Foshan, a hub of southern Chinese martial arts just as the Second Sino-Japan war breaks out. During the war, China is nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife and warfare. Ip Man rose like a phoenix above these ashes as he defied an empire bringing hope to China. Winner of Best Picture and Actor, Ip Man ranks as one of the best martial arts movies of all time!
Over 2 Hours of Bonus Features
Interviews with Donnie Yen, Wilson Yip, Simon Yam, Sammo Hung, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ip Chun
US Trailer and Theatrical Trailer
2 TV Spots
3 Main Scenes
On the set
One of the most astonishing displays of martial arts action on film in recent years, Wilson Yip's Ip Man chronicles the life of the eponymous Wing Chun master (Donnie Yen), who would later become instructor and mentor to Bruce Lee. Fans of Ronny Yu's Fearless, with Jet Li, will notice several similarities between the biopics--like Li's Huo Yuanjia, Ip Man is a tireless instructor whose life, largely consisting of training and jaw-dropping spar sessions with any and all, is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Japanese military forces in 1937. He soon draws the interest of the commanding Japanese colonel (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), who exploits the starving locals by forcing them against his trainees for bags of rice. Ip must then pit his extraordinary Wing Chun against the colonel's karate for his own dignity, as well as the soul of his people.
Were Yip's film simply a series of set pieces featuring Yen's incredible fighting skills, Ip Man would rank among the best martial arts films of the past three decades; the fight choreography, by Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung and Tony Leung Siu-hung (with consultation by Ip's own son, Ip Chun), offers the same sort of eye-popping, rewind-required fist and footwork that Ip's disciple, Bruce Lee, inspired in the '70s, and Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Tony Jaa displayed in subsequent years; a battle between Ip and 10 black belts, in particular, requires multiple views to absorb the speed and deftness on display. But Ip Man also succeeds as a historical drama inspired by the harsh realities of the Japanese occupation of mainland China, as well as an acting showcase for Yen, who embodies Ip's formidable physical and emotional strengths. The American DVD release of Ip Man from Well Go offers many of the same extras found on the Region 2 UK presentation, including interviews with Yen, Yip, Hung, and most of the cast, plus deleted scenes, an impressive tour of production designer Kenneth Mak's sets and location work, and several brief making-of featurettes. --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
Top customer reviews
Just kiddin... this is a MUST HAVE if you're a fan of action movies. This is the Bruce Lee's master. You won't regret.
It helped a great deal~ being such a solid story...
Personally, I didn't know [that] the Japanese invaded a big country like China.
Especially, given struggle, decisiveness, and martial arts [as a method] of continuing to power through.
Thank you, Amazon. The ability to rent [this film] for 99 cents~ made for an easy decision.
I look forward to catching IP Man II & IP Man III. :)
I would recommend this movie to my family and friends or anyone else based on the results that I had while reviewing it. Please remember that not everyone will have the same results that I had with this product. The movie would make a great gift to movie lovers for any holiday or just because.
I paid full price for this movie. No codes were used in this purchase. All opinions are 100% mine.
for this movie or movie IP MAN 1,2&3 are great movies and The Grand Master.The Final Fight and A Legend Is Born are good movies but lack the talents of Donnie Yen this was the beginning of the franchise and a great movie
The story depicts Ip Man being challenged by a notorious martial artist who had defeated nearly all the martial arts masters in Foshan in tournaments to find a worthy opponent and prove his skill, only to find himself badly defeated by Ip. This gives rise to Ip's soaring popularity among the people who, slowly but surely, sought him out to be their master and provide them martial arts instruction.
It, then, focuses on the growing hardship faced by the Chinese people at the hands of Japanese aggressors who continually engage Chinese martial arts practitioners in matches in return for a sack of rice for every victory over their Japanese opponents, leading to innumerable being seriously injured and some tragic deaths on the part of the Chinese.
Unable to withstand the bullying at the hands of the Japanese, Ip Man takes on all of the Japanese martial artists in a match where he easily defeats them, inducing, resultant of this, a desire by the Japanese general to challenge him to a duel. Ip defeats the general in a death blow and gets shot by the general's henchman.
Based on a true story, Ip Man is truly a martial arts action masterpiece to be treasured.