Ip Man-Collector's Edition
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Ip Man-Collector's Edition

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Product Description Double DVD collector's edition. Ip Man is an award winning adaptation based on the life of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the grandmaster of Wing Chun and later teacher and mentor to widely influential and legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee. Ip Man is set in the 1930s in Foshan, a hub of southern Chinese martial arts just as the Second Sino-Japan war breaks out. During the war, China is nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife and warfare. Ip Man rose like a phoenix above these ashes as he defied an empire bringing hope to China. Winner of Best Picture and Actor, Ip Man ranks as one of the best martial arts movies of all time! About the Actor Donnie Yen s mother was a famous martial artist so it s no surprise he grew up surrounded by the fighting arts. At eighteen, he was invited to Beijing to train and a chance meeting with the internationally renowned action choreographer, Yuen Wo-Ping, had changed his life. A year after the meeting Yen starred in his first film "Drunken Taichi". This was followed by many box office hits including "Once Upon a Time in China II" and "New Dragon Inn". Not satisfied with only working in front of the camera, Yen also directed and has developed as a multifaceted film talent.

In 2000, Yen acted in his first Hollywood production "Highlander: Endgame" placing him firmly in the international arena. Recent works include "Seven Swords", "SPL", "Blade II", "Hero" and "The Twins Effect II", many of which have been big successes in both the Asian and International markets. Review "Ip Man is one of the best martial arts films of all time, hands down"! --Twitch Films Review "Donnie Yen, who's taking on real star charisma, is aces as Ip Man"! --Variety Amazon.com One of the most astonishing displays of martial arts action on film in recent years, Wilson Yip's Ip Man chronicles the life of the eponymous Wing Chun master (Donnie Yen), who would later become instructor and mentor to Bruce Lee. Fans of Ronny Yu's Fearless, with Jet Li, will notice several similarities between the biopics--like Li's Huo Yuanjia, Ip Man is a tireless instructor whose life, largely consisting of training and jaw-dropping spar sessions with any and all, is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Japanese military forces in 1937. He soon draws the interest of the commanding Japanese colonel (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), who exploits the starving locals by forcing them against his trainees for bags of rice. Ip must then pit his extraordinary Wing Chun against the colonel's karate for his own dignity, as well as the soul of his people. Were Yip's film simply a series of set pieces featuring Yen's incredible fighting skills, Ip Man would rank among the best martial arts films of the past three decades; the fight choreography, by Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung and Tony Leung Siu-hung (with consultation by Ip's own son, Ip Chun), offers the same sort of eye-popping, rewind-required fist and footwork that Ip's disciple, Bruce Lee, inspired in the '70s, and Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Tony Jaa displayed in subsequent years; a battle between Ip and 10 black belts, in particular, requires multiple views to absorb the speed and deftness on display. But Ip Man also succeeds as a historical drama inspired by the harsh realities of the Japanese occupation of mainland China, as well as an acting showcase for Yen, who embodies Ip's formidable physical and emotional strengths. The American DVD release of Ip Man from Well Go offers many of the same extras found on the Region 2 UK presentation, including interviews with Yen, Yip, Hung, and most of the cast, plus deleted scenes, an impressive tour of production designer Kenneth Mak's sets and location work, and several brief making-of featurettes. --Paul Gaita