Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Ip Man (2008)

Directed by Wilson Yip

Starring Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Ka Tung Lam, Siu-Wong Fan


Donnie Yen is fantastic. A stoic, engaging performance, and the guy can really move. A perfect example of how understated heroes are always the most interesting. Siu-Wong Fan and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi are bad-ass villains.

Wonderful kung fu with some real impacts. Well-shot and edited, this martial arts action is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Great attention to sets and costuming, and a nice score to match. Polished direction by Wilson Yip. It’s no surprise there were sequels.

The story is large, dramatic, and nicely paced. Not sure it needed to end with a Bruce Lee reference, though. Takes something away from the greatness of the film’s hero.

Kind of a strange name for a movie. I now realize that part of the guy’s name was Man, but in English, the title reads like a goofy superhero flick. “Fist of Eternal Spring”, a literal translation of Wing Chun, might have been a cooler title.

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