Release Date: October 1, 2010
After watching the martial art train wreck that is Ninja Terminator, I felt like I should watch a good martial arts movie. I have heard wonderful things about Ip Man over the years, but for some reason never watched it. Boy was I missing out. This is an unbelievably example of what a martial arts movie should be. The most important piece of a movie like this is the fighting of course and this one nailed it. The choreography, filming, and editing were all some of the best you will find. It rode the line of unrealistic just right. In a movie like this you don’t want to see realistic fighting or anything way too over the top. Both of those have their place and I love movies with both types, but in a period piece like this you need the right balance so it still feels like a Kung Fu movie.
So, the fight scenes were amazing, but other movies have had that as well. What sets this film apart is the story and dramatic acting. If you took out all the fight scenes the film would work on its own. Now it wouldn’t be an award winner, but it would be good and that type of story and acting is abnormal for an action movie. This takes a very high place on my list of best martial arts movies and one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen this year.