It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie worth writing about. The culprit today is Ip Man, starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip. The protagonist of the movie is Bruce Lee’s master in the days of the Japanese invasion. In a few words, basically the movie follows Ip Man from the days of prosperity during the Kung Fu era into the sufferings the Chinese endured when Japanese invaded and occupied China. The underlying point that ties all of this together is martial arts, particularly the style of Wing Chun kung fu and how martial arts delivered the Chinese from the hands of the Japanese along with other small side stories of oppression.
Wilson Yip does an amazing job of filmography here: we have beautiful scenery, detailed story lines and a multi-dimensional depiction of Ip Man’s character. Two words come to mind while watching Donnie Yen act out his role: humility and grace. In every situation thrown at our protagonist, he displayed those two values in varying degrees. The scenery of Fuo Shan where most of the movie occurred, was beautifully designed despite the destruction that came along when the Japanese suppressed the Chinese. One other point that is worth mentioning is that if you are Chinese and you happen to watch this movie, you will find yourself personally rooting for Ip Man and siding with his beliefs. There is a lot of sublimal national pride inserted by Mr. Yip throughout the movie, which, for better or worse adds another perspective.
I highly recommend all of you to give it a quick watch, there are subtitles and the movie is available here: