Wing Chun master Chan Wah-sun is asked by the owner of his school’s premises to take on his two young sons, Ip Man and Ip Tien-chi, as pupils. When Chan dies the following year, his old friend Ng Chun-sui takes over as head of the school.
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Despite the title, this is not a prequel to the Donnie Yen films. You might be expecting a lazy cash-in as a result but "The Legend is Born - Ip Man" is surprisingly adequate. Dennis To is a bit flat and unemotional in the lead role but supporting turns from martial arts legends like Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao help color the film, and the action choreography from Tony Leung Siu Hung ("Bloodmoon") is top notch.
What I enjoyed most was Ip Chun's part (Ip Man's son), it was a great idea! He amazingly out-did the rest of the actors, he's a true legend. I practice Wing Chun and noticed Sammo Hung fighting style during his sequence was not Wing Chun and his role was Ip Man's Sifu... The plot was rather silly, B grade acting. Definitely the other two Ip Man films are better.
I'm always a little sceptical or prequels but the fights scenes were very impressive. I can accept the plot but at certain points the way it was shot bothered me. Still it was a fun watch and certainly has made me want to see the Donnie Yen films.
brilliant movie, very good actors, very surprising end, main actors' skills are amazing, perfect fight scenes, very deep and philosophical scenes about questioning honour, patience, ambition, love, friendship.