Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Ip Man

The one movie I am really dying to see and it may not be released here. The martial arts biopic Ip Man - premiered in Hong Kong theaters last month but still no word of a US release date. It will probably only get released in DVD format here, which bums me out. But here is the trailer.




Ip Man is about the life story of Ip Man, the grandmaster of the Wing Chun style of kung fu and master of legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee. The film focuses on Ip's life during the 1930s to the 1940s during Second Sino-Japanese War. Ip shoots to fame when he defeats kung fu masters from the north in a nationwide wushu championship. Hundreds wanted to learn kung fu from him. When the Japanese occupies Foshan during the Sino-Japan war, Ip is forced to work as a coolie in a factory. He is also invited to fight in sparring matches for the enemy’s amusement. For example, one part of the movie shows a former Wushu Grandmaster forced to spar with the Japanese for a bag of rice. He is badly outnumbered and killed. In a similar match Ip shows his masterly skills, defeating his opponents despite being badly outnumbered. The movie looks like it is set up to show how kung fu helped lead Chinese resistance to the Japanese occupiers.

But I don't care about that, the reason I want to see this movie - besides the fact that the trailer looks awesome - is because, to quote my furry panda fan from Kung Fu panda "I love Kung Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!" Yeah, I do love my martial arts films.

15 comments:

Jennifer said...

Okay, I can't really say I am a kung fu fan, but this movie sounds fascinating. And that rare film that both my husband and I would watch!

Merry Monteleone said...

Okay, too funny, my friend, Shelly just reviewed this film at her secondary blog

You might like to take a look, Ellen... you'd like Shelly's regular blog, too, I think.

Kim Kasch said...

I'm a horror film girl. But my family loves Kung Fu movies.

Angie said...

That looks pretty awesome. :D I love martial arts movies too; I'll have to watch out for this one, whether in the theater or on DVD.

Angie

Charles Gramlich said...

I doubt it'll make it to NEw Orleans but maybe it'll be on PPV.

Melissa Marsh said...

I loved Kung Fu Panda. LOVED it.

Stuart Neville said...

That does look interesting. I wonder if it'll take a more realistic approach to martial arts than traditional Wushu cinema?

Carrie Harris said...

Me too! I sent the trailer to my hubby so we can be sure to see it.

C.R. Evers said...

yay kung foo! *\o/*

Christy

Riss said...

I love Kung Fu too (c: So much that I've taken it for 6 years. This sounds like an awesome movie and the trailer is cool as hell. I"ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it-that way I'll get to be the cool kid in my class for once and be like, ooo oo I just saw this great movie...blah blah blah. (c;

Thanks for the post. It's harder to miss stuff when you know what you're looking for.

laughingwolf said...

el, that trailer is amazing... sure wish it gets north american theatrical release :D

Steve Malley said...

Gotta see this one. I did Wing Chun for a lotta years, so it's like having a family memeber in a movie or something.

Good thing his last name was 'man' and not 'freely', hey?

Christina Farley said...

Your right! It looks awesome!

Mary Witzl said...

I can't wait to see this one -- for so many reasons! My kids want to see it because it has 'hot Asian guys in it' (blush -- their words, not mine, and I had to put this on twice for them) -- today is Sunday and they're reading over my shoulder...

I love kung fu, too. And I love watching bad guys get whacked, especially against all odds.

Lana Gramlich said...

Ironically, we only just finally watched Kung Fu Panda the other night. I never heard of the Ip Man, but Kung Fu was never at the top of my list (although I have a lot of respect for it.)

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