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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Martial Arts Film, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Biographical film, Martial Arts Film, Action Film, Sports, DramaRuntime: 100 - 108 minutesColor: colorLanguage: Japanese, Standard Chinese, , EnglishCountry: Hong Kong, ChinaDirector: Wilson YipMusic: Kenji KawaiStars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan, Gordon Lam, Yu Xing, You-Nam Wong, Chen Zhi Hui, Li Chak, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Dennis To, Louis Fan Producer: Raymond WongAwards won: Hong Kong Film Award for Best FilmAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on events in Ip's life that supposedly took place in the city of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese War. The film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen as Ip Man, with martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung. The supporting cast includes Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Lam Ka-tung, Xing Yu and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. The idea of an Ip Man biopic originated in 1998 when Jeffrey Lau and Corey Yuen discussed the idea of making a film based on Bruce Lee's martial arts master. However, the studio producing that proposed film closed, and the project was abandoned. Producer Raymond Wong decided to develop his own Ip Man film with full consent from Ip's sons, and had filmmakers head to Foshan to research Ip's life. Ip Chun, Ip Man's eldest son, along with martial arts master Leo Au-yeung and several other Wing Chun practitioners served as technical consultants for the film.


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