The spectacular action choreography is par for the course. As for the anti-Japanese sentiment of the film... Considering the abject ignorance of younger generations the world round, I actually don't mind a bit of in-your-face nationalism. YouTube reaction videos to "Ip Man": "Dude, did Japan fight China?" "Uhh, I think so." Facepalmed so hard it was like Ip Man himself bitchslapped me.
On blu-ray I found myself rather distracted by the ultra-desaturated, nearly black-and-white look of the second half of the film. However, the fight scenes choreographed by Sammo Hung are among the best action sequences in movie history.
I wish that Christopher Nolan had watched this so he knew how to shoot a fight scene properly, instead of all that fast cutting which doesn't really show anything.
And come on people, you're acting like this is the first time you've seen a nationalist film. Or is it only a big deal because it's a Chinese production? Is it ok for Hollywood to keep on churning out pro-American films, as long as other countries don't?
Buona trattazione della filosofia di vita del maestro e della sua personalità.Forte critica all'occupazione giapponese, mostrata spietata e brutale. Combattimenti meravigliosi, coreografati ottimamente e girati con cura e chiarezza. I combattenti hanno una grazia rara nei movimenti. Ambientazione caratterizzata bene e bellissime inquadrature con momenti molto forti.Buoni personaggi, anche se a volte un po' squadrati
A movie is supposed to entertain and IP Man does it in spades! Fighting is top notch and has enough character depth to make the viewer invested in Ip's success. Not a world changer but it is still fucking awesome.
Upon repeated viewing the heavy-handed patriotism begins to irk me a lot more than before. Still a a nice turn from Yen, lavish production values and great fight choreography from Hung keeps things from being a total propaganda film. The sequel is even more pretentious.