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Movie of the Year June 21, 2010

Posted by Yakuza in Note, review.
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(Ip Man 2) Donnie Yen as Yip Man, Wing Chun style master

I’m just finish watched this wonderful movie. I get this movie from one of my friend, copied from his PC through thumbdrive and store it into my laptop, about 2 weeks ago. I had watch this movie twice. Titled Yip Man @ Ip Man 2. This movie has two parts, and this is a new one – released this year. Another one was released 2 years ago (2008) but I didn’t watch it yet.

First movie (Ip Man) is about the life of Wing Chun style master, Yip Man in China Mainland during Japanese occupation and second movie (Ip Man 2) about Yip Man started his new life in Hong Kong and tried to spread his Wing Chun style. Ip Man 2 is situated after World War 2, in 1950 and British colonial is still occupying in Hong Kong. The role of Donnie Yen as Yip Man in this movie are effective. I like the way he’s act as a modest kung fu master.

Yip Man started his kung fu class on one of building rooftop and gain his students after being challenged by several young man. His Wing Chun style becomes famous after he has defeat the other kung fu master in kung fu association assembly. His calm, modest, kind and forgiving character might drives you crazy!

This movie also emphasized the value of family, be patient  in under adversity – when Yip Man’s family didn’t have sufficient money and the landlady decides to not give the rooftop space for practicing anymore. It also focusing on understanding and considerate in relationship when Yip Man wife understand his husband’s situation as kung fu master and did not to troubled his husband when the moment she want to give birth by prevent her son from telling her husband.

And most important – to defend the honour and dignity. Yip Man has challenged Twister – the British Boxer to fight because Twister had kill Master Hong, one of kung fu master and then he insults the Chinese tradition and martial art. At last, Yip Man managed to defeat Twister and retain the Chinese honour. One of his speech after defeat his opponent is – “We should start to respect each other” – pointed to all audience especially the Westerners.

About Yip Man (from Wikipedia)

Yip Man (simplified Chinese: 叶问; traditional Chinese: 葉問; pinyin: yè wèn, Cantonese Jyutping: jip man; Ip Man; also known as 葉繼問 He was born on October 1, 1893 and died on December 2, 1972. Yip Kai Man was considered the first martial arts master (Chinese: Sifu) to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly. He had several students who later became martial arts teachers in their own right, including Bruce Lee. He was born to Yip Oi Dor and Ng Shui, and was the third of four children. He grew up in a very wealthy family in Foshan, Guangdong, and received an exceptional traditional Chinese education. His older brother was Ip Kai Gak. His older sister was Ip Wan Mei and his younger sister was Ip Wan Hum.

Yip Kai Man was the last Wing Chun student of Chan Wah-shun when he was 70 years old. (Wikipedia)

In 1956, Yip Man accept Bruce Lee as his student. A 16 years old Bruce Lee becomes famous and help to spread the Wing Chun style.

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