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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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For the first time, witness the early years of the revolutionary grandmaster who trained Martial arts superstar and cultural icon, Bruce Lee.

Packed with Kung Fu combat and thick with drama, The Legend is Born follows Ip Man as he grows from a promising young pupil into an unstoppable force. When political corruption threatens his temple, his friends and his honor, Man singlehandedly challenges a swarm of shinobi in an ultimate showdown. Featuring a blind-folded battle between film stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, and an appearance by Ip Man’s real son, this high-impact masterpiece undoubtedly “deserves to be seen by all Martial arts fans.” – flash-bang-movie-reviews.com


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Product Details

  • Actors: Donnie To, Fan Siu-Wong, Yuen Biao, Huang Yi
  • Directors: Herman Yau Lai To, Tony Leung Siu Hung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Dubbed
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NQ5LSC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
There is no denying that the legend of martial arts teacher Yip Man (also known as the man who taught Wing Chun to Bruce Lee) have been a financial success in Asia.

With the popularity of the first two "Ip Man" films starring Donnie Yen, there have been big questions on how to continue the Ip Man stories, especially with Donnie Yen not wanting to do anymore Ip Man films. The solution, focus on a prequel while Ip Man was young or focus in the future when he is much older.

And in 2010, Director Herman Yau ("All's Well Ends Well 2010', "The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story") and screenwriter Erica Lee ("King of Comedy", "Only Fools Fall in Love") decided to do the former with their film "The Legend is Born: Ip Man".

While not an officially related to the first two films, Yau did cast Dennis To who looks like a younger Donnie Yen, while also casting Sammo Hung and Fan Siu-wong who both appeared in the previous Donnie Yen "Ip Man" films. But perhaps the biggest draw was the casting of Ip Chun, the actual son of Ip Man, who plays the role as Leung Bik (the man who would teach Ip Man a new style of Wing Chun).

While the film does take liberties by creating fictional stories around the true story of Ip Man's actual martial arts training when he was younger, the addition of half-brother and also Japanese antagonists continues the trend of foreign invaders vs. Ip Man.

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"The Legend is Born: Ip Man" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1) and the film is intentionally saturated and warm in the beginning but later becomes fully detailed and colors are vibrant. There is very good clarity and detail on clothing and wooden objects, doors and fences.
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Riding on the coat tail of the successful Ip Man series, Ip Man 3 is your typical " Slap-Ip-Man-on-the-title-and-we-can-all-make-buckets-of-money" sort of film.

I won't be surprised if the overall plot was hashed together over a nice lunch by some studio heads, script written in 2 days and the whole movie shot in less than 20 days. The movie has no resemblance to its predecessors. You want cliche? This movie got them all.

I love Ip Man 1. I like Ip Man 2. I almost tossed Ip Man 3 into the trash after the first 10 minutes.

If you are a completest or a kung fun nut, go ahead and spend the money. If you actually want something concrete for your hard earned money and precious time, watch Ip Man 1 or 2 again.
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I order this DVD from ying138, and the quality is good, there are Chinese audio and English subtitle.

However, from the martial arts point of view, I am very disappointed with the martial arts choreographer/director, the actors' performances and the filming techniques. The Wing Chun performance in this movie is very ineffective, weak, there is no energy, and unrealistic. There is no real body structure, power and spirit in the performance. It is terrible, comparing to some other older movies such as "The Prodigal Son" or "The Victim". The film techniques made the fights looked like a soap opera performance.

The story also contained a lot of completely bad historical tales. For instance, during his time, sifu Ip Man had never wanted to teach Wing Chun to foreigners. And it was one of the reasons why he disliked Bruce Lee. But in the movie, it showed that sifu Ip Man wanted to sell Wing Chun around the world.

And the things about authentic Wing Chun, the conflict between Ng' Chung So, Chen Wa Shun and Leung Bik were completely bogus. Besides, according to sifu Ip Ching and Ip Chun (two sons of sifu Ip Man), the very existence of the Leung Bik character was very questionable, as well as the time sifu Ip Man supposed to study Wing Chun in Hong Kong.

In the real life, father of sifu Ip Man was very wealthy, and sifu Ip Man never lived in the Wing Chun school.
The name of the Wing Chun school was not Jing Wu (as in the movie).
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IP MAN 'ZERO' (Dir. Herman Yau, 2010, original title "Yip Man chinchyun", hope that helps) is a/k/a THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN, a/k/a IP MAN: THE LEGEND IS BORN, IP MAN 3 and really any darned variation on those you can imagine.

It is very good. Not being able to find one single fault with it - I never expected it to be a realistic Wing Chun tutorial, it's a drama, people - it does a truly adequate job of taking us back to Ip Man's youth and early adulthood. In the way Donnie Yen's portrayals in Ip Man took us through his wealthy years/downfall, and IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (English Subtitled) took us with him to Hong Kong for a whole new struggle, this film takes us through his early years. Very effective, and I don't care what the whiny babies say about the fight scenes.

This is of course never on the grand scale of the 1st or 2nd films, but how can anyone really criticize it? It is good! I LOVED the appearance of Ip Man's real-life son Master Ip Chun as Master Leung Bik - so charming, innocent and effective. The man is a born actor as long as he isn't forced to read from cue cards! And his fighting was awesome. "Whatever comes from my hands is Wing Chun!" he growls at young Ip Man.

I agree, and that fight sequence is one of the best I've ever enjoyed. Though this is also skinny on the facts, well, so were the other films. This is drama Chinese-style. God, even history Chinese style is mostly drama and little fact!
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