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.
I have a lot of thoughts about this but I ultimately think it's a valiant effort that doesn't quite pull it off; the historical drama is too hokey to work on its own merits and ends up dragging the screenplay even though there are some moving moments and great fights. this needed to be either expanded to an epic length or cut to something like 85 minutes for the popcorn crowd
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?
(Revu en DVD) Pour avoir visionné 3 fois ce film sans (trop) me lasser, celui-ci a clairemt des qualités, à commencer par des scènes de combat magnifiques (merci Sammo Hung!) et une histoire accrocheuse; ms je suis de + en + gêné par le chauvinisme dégoulinant du film au fur et à mesure des visionnages. Ms mon avis est désormais totalement biaisé par l'affreux Ip Man 2 qui en rajoute encore une couche en la matière.
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.