Ip Man

Title: Ip Man
Year: 2008 (China); 2010 (US)
Length: 106 minutes
Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Edmond Wong
Starring: Donnie Yen
With: Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam, Yu Xing, You-Nam Wong, Chen Zhi Hui
Cinematography: Sing-Pui O
Music: Kenji Kawai
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a couple days ago
Synopsis: an occupying Japanese general challenges a Chinese martial arts master

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) Did you know that Japan surrendered WWII because Ip Man united the Chinese people? I didn’t know that, either. (This history lesson brought to you and approved by the People’s Republic of China.)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent) It probably doesn’t help that we watched the dubbed English version.
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:1/4 (Bad)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4 (Indifferent)). Meh. It’s all about the action, and the action’s not shot very well. There’s some very cool stuff in the fights, but with the fast cuts and closeups, you can barely tell what’s going on. There’s none of the athletic impressiveness of classic Kung Fu movies.
Objective Rating (Average):2.3/4 (Okay)

[note: I don’t really see a compelling reason to watch a second part of this, so I’ve removed Ip Man 2 from my 2010 Leftovers Marathon and replaced it with Unstoppable.]


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