Ip Man Film Analysis

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By 859, the Tang Dynasty is before its downfall. The emperor is incompetent and the government corrupted. Uprisings occur throughout the country and many revolutionaries form teams to overthrow the regime. The most powerful among them is a hidden league called "House of the Flying Daggers." Their main tactic is to steal from the rich and give to the poor, an act that has made them very popular among the common people while infuriating the regime. Eventually the authorities manage to assassinate their leader, but the organization emerges even stronger. Police officers Leo and Jin are tasked with eliminating the new leader, with their suspicions lying towards a blind dancer named Mei. However, a romance occurs that complicates the situation even…show more content…
23. Ip Man (Wilson Yip, 2008, Hong Kong) The surge of films regarding Bruce Lee's master and "embassador" of Wing Chun initiated with this film. The story unfolds in Foshan, a city in the Se of China that was considered a centre of martial arts. Ip Man enjoys the respect of other masters in the city, who consider him the best among them, a fact proven when Jin Shan Zhao, a rogue fighter challenges every one of them in a duel, with Ip man being the only one who manages to beat him. Despite his fame, he keeps a low profile enjoying life with his family. However, after the 1937 Japanese invasion, life for the Chinese becomes much worse, with Ip Man forced to work in a mine, in order to provide for his family, and to fight Japanese and Chinese fighters to protect his friends. Sammo Hung and Tony Leung, two of the greatest names of the genre, choreographed the spectacular action scenes, which benefit the most form Donnie Yen's presence in the titular role. His fights with Luis Fan Siu Wong and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi are the film's best
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