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The Buzz:     

     Ip Man (directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen) is a Chinese historical martial arts movie that is based very loosely on the life of Yip Man, the first martial arts grandmaster to teach the style of Wing Chun, and later on teacher of Bruce Lee. The film follows the story of Ip Man and the city of Fo Shan during the Second World War as they battle to hold the city's honour against the invading Japanese.     

No big wooden poles were hurt in the making of this film.

 

Life of the Party:     

     Ip Man is a calm and always collected Kung Fu Grandmaster who lives out his days peacefully with his wife and son in his gigantic house, and passes the time by beating up a wooden cactus in his living room. He is a man of honour and serenity but one who can deal out Kung Fu beatings like they are going out of style (or in the case of this film being made redundant by guns). Fo Shan, the city in which Ip Man resides, is a city enamoured with martial arts, and after this film I expect that you will be too; within the first half an hour we are treated to multiple breathtakingly impressive fight scenes that continue to impress throughout the film. Whilst the movie constructs endlessly dazzling feats of Kung Fu, it does not substitute it for story. The characters seem archetypal at first, but the start of the war a third of the way through the movie brings out interesting layers of conflict for the citizens of fo Shan, who must put their survival before their honour. The war also brings a camera filter that makes everything look greyish; I guess that the invading Japanese were so scary that the colours ran away. Having said that the cinematography is effective and natural, and supports both the fight scenes and the dramatic scenes well. The film also sports an epic score that is impressive but not overused.

"My stick is bigger than your stick..."

Potential Hangovers:     

     The subtitles do make the dialogue a little stilted and detracts a little bit from what else is quite a poetic movie, poetry backed up with lots and lots of punching. The ending, which could seem redeeming for some could be a bit cheesy for others, and there is a group Kung Fu training montage which reminded me of that viral video of those prisoners dancing to thriller.

 

The Vibe – Man-Cave – Solo Experience – Deep thoughts:     

     The Kung Fu fun is frequent and brilliant enough that the film could be enjoyed casually in a group, but keep in mind that this movie is damn bleak. Whilst it does have an uplifting ending it definitely aint a feel good flick, and there is a dangerous chance that some thought in you may be provoked.

 

Pros/Cons:

+ Jaw dropping kung fu awesomeness.     

+ More jaw dropping Kung Fu awesomeness.     

+ Even more jaw dropping kung fu awesomeness (seriously that shit is amazing).     

- A bit of a sausage fest, there is only 1 female character in the whole thing.    

- In my opinion the ending is a little bit too heart-warming compared to the mood of the rest of the film.

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