In light of trinityvixen
's post about Scott Adkins in Ninja
, I wanted to throw in a shout-out review of Ip Man
, starring Donnie Yen (who, like Adkins, worked closely with Yuen Wo Ping and Cory Yuen throughout his career), and directed by Wilson Yip, who also worked with Yen on Flash Point
. Ip Man is a romanticized biopic of, well, Ip Man, a grandmaster of Wing Chun in the first half of the 20th century, whose many accomplishments include being the first grandmaster to teach Wing Chun openly and being Bruce Lee's first, and most influential, martial arts instructor.
Similar to Fearless,
Jet Li's "biopic" of Huo Yuanjia
, quite a few liberties are taken with story events to make the narrative tighter and more cinematic. But that's okay, because we get scenes like this:
Choreographed by Sammo Hung, who Yen worked with on the Yip-directed spectacular crime/martial-arts thriller, Killzone
, Ip Man
isn't quite as hard-hitting either the former or Flash Point
, but it's a much stronger story about a man who probably loomed as largely in Bruce Lee's worldview as Lee does in ours.