Today will be my first review of a film that is still currently in cinemas because as of late I’ve been watching so many DVD’s and not making it into the cinemas. Not only that, the DVD’s tend to be mostly older movies that have been out for a while.
That’s what you get for buying all the great discounted DVD’s from the local DVD store. So it’s a refreshing change to review something that people can still get out to see at the local cinema. The film is Ip Ma,n and it’s a Hong Kong martial arts epic set in China during the mid 1930’s.
The film stars Donnie Yen as the lead character Ip Man, and the action direction is done by the great Sammo Hung. The film is semi auto biographical and is based on the life of Ip Man, a Wing Chun master, but I think it must only be ‘semi’ auto biographical as some of the things that happen in the story are pretty amazing if they truly happened.
Now I’ve been a big fan of Hong Kong cinema since the early 90’s, but I’ve been out of touch from their films for most of the 2000’s, so I haven’t seen many of the modern films coming out of there. But after seeing Ip Man I’m glad to say they are still going strong and putting out great martial art epics.
The story, like many Hong Kong films, is a bit all over the place and its another reminder that they really do make them different then Hollywood films. But the action is, and always will be, top notch. In particular one fight between Ip Man and 10 Japanese Karate black belts is not only fluid and fast paced, but incredibly brutal. One of the best movie fight scenes I’ve seen in years.
So for fans of Hong Kong films and action films this is a must see, but I think it also has the possibility of crossing over to a wider audience as it is historically based and there are some really good performances from the leads.
8 out of 10 from me!!!