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Ip Man

IP Man

Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Edmond Wong
Starring: Donnie Yen
Review By: Griff

“Hey Mr. IP man you think your slick. You sold crack to my sister and now she’s sick…”

Sorry, that has nothing to do with this movie but it has been stuck in my head all week so I figured I would torture the rest of you with it as well. You are welcome.

If you are looking for a really good martial arts action movie you should probably watch Return of the Dragon. If you have already seen Return of the Dragon then hey, Ip man isn’t so bad.

Loosely based on actual events it deals with a martial arts instructor (Ip Man!) during the Japanese occupation of China. Ip man leads a fairly posh existence before the occupation but is forced to live as a pauper now that his city has been occupied. In order to provide for his family Ip man takes a job at the local coal mine. While he is working one day the Japanese soldiers show up to recruit people to fight in front of their General. At first Ip man is reluctant to fight but then some of his friends and colleagues start getting killed so Ip man decides its time to kick some ass!

This is actually a pretty enjoyable film. Don’t get me wrong, it is a long way from perfect, but you could do a lot worse. There are some great action sequences and I love the fact that people were not flying around on harnesses like so many martial arts films you see today. Donnie Yen who plays Ip man is a truly talented martial artist and he has reflex like a cat. There are some sequences where he punches so fast you won’t believe it.

Sometimes a movie should just be enjoyed for what it is. Forget about the overused plot or the semi-plausible script. Just sit back and enjoy this movie for what it is. A fun action movie that leaves you satisfied. This is one ride that is worth the trip. Two guys from me.

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