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Ip Man: The Legend is Born

(Ye Wen Qian Zhuan)
Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

North american Premiere

  • Martial Arts
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  • Hong Kong
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  • 2010
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  • 100 min
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  • 35mm
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  • Cantonese/mandarin with English/chinese subtitles
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Official Selection, Shanghai international Film Festival 2010

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“Goes back to the roots of good old-fashioned martial art flicks... thorougly solid and entertaining” — ASIAN MOVIE WEB


Director: Herman Yau
Screenplay: Erica Lee
Cast: Dennis To Yue-Hong, Louis Fan, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Ip Chun
Producers: Checkley Sin Kwok-Lam
Print Source: Funimation



Give him 60 seconds and he will break your arms off with his formidable fists of fury. Ip Man is back again! See how Bruce Lee’s famous master first learned Wing Chun when he is merely a young disciple (top of his class, naturally) in a school lead by Ng (Yuen Biao). At one point, Ip Man goes to Hong Kong, where he encounters racism and also comes into contact with Master Leung Bik (Ip Chun), who teaches him an alternate form of Wing Chun. Tradition dictates that each student follows but one master — Ip Man boldly disregards the rule and integrates the new forms into what he has learned from Ng. He returns home, his strength radically improved. Alas, his Master is anything but pleased. However, during Ip Man’s absence, chaos has been unleashed and a traitor lurks in the background, triggering the downfall of his school.

Get ready for real-life Wing Chun expert Dennis To’s inheritance of Donnie Yen’s signature role, displaying his own high-powered twists and youthful vigor while maintaining Yen’s essence. Despite Yen’s extraordinary, athletic martial arts skills, he studied Wing Chun mainly for the Ip Man role. To, on the other hand, joins the league of Bruce Lee and Shaw Bros. star Ti Lung as one of bone fide Wing Chun action stars. To is a champion of various international tournaments including the 2005 East Asian Games, and earned two Best Newcomer nominations at the Hong Kong Oscars. Controversial exploitation director Herman Yau (UNTOLD STORY, TAXI HUNTER) unleashes rapid-fire action while leaving a wide berth for character development. Veteran action choreographer Tony Leung Siu-Hung (Jackie Chan’s TWIN DRAGONS, SEX & ZEN), who won a much-deserved HK Oscar for Best Action Choreography for the original IP MAN, keeps all fights breathtaking, fast and highly kinetic. Many special appearances are afoot, including STORY OF RICKY’s Louis Fan as Ip Man’s conflicted kung fu brother, the legendary Sammo Hung (IP MAN 2), Johnny To regular Lam Suet and Ip Man’s real-life son Ip Chun (who also served as consultant), stealing the show with his priceless teaching of an alternate style of Wing Chun.

—King-Wei Chu

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