What a strong movie this is. It details the journey of Ip Man (pronounced Yip Man), a legendary martial arts master who starts off as a high-standing citizen in his home town, with time going on to becoming a folk hero and role model for his people when the Japanese invade, and in a time of poverty he works hard among his peers, fighting against local thieves and Japanese generals alike. There's never a match.
The movie follows his discipline, his wisdom... basically: the essentials of martial arts, as he understands them. It's not just the fighting, it's the philosophy. And the art? Wing Chun.
I watched this movie years ago, but as it's a ten year anniversary and it seems I've yet to review it here we go again! Though I was prepared this time I was still in awe. Donnie Yen is an impressive martial artist and actor, and the movie builds up the atmosphere like it really was back in the day it takes place. A masterful and inspiring tale of a man who had it all, but lost it all, but persevered and made it through unscathed. Somewhat.
If you like martial arts this is just one of those movies you have to see.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome