Originally Posted by MrBobb Ip Man
and Ip Man 2
. No-no, not "I-pee" it's pronounced "Yip"
For u Kung Fu lovers. Superb choreography as usual and only filmed recently so no grainy, shoddy sets of yesteryears.
You should see Ip Man first, then Ip Man 2, as the sequel is a followup to the original. I like the original story better, but there is a table-top fighting scene on the sequel that is even better than the tree-top fighting scene of Crouching Tigers
if you can believe that.
Cantonese with English sub.
TEN THUMBS UP!
+10! Sorry for the belated post, but anyone even remotely interested in kung-fu movies who is looking for an outstanding film should love this. Even apart from its genre, it works as an outstanding film by itself. Donnie Yen is perfect as Ip Man -- very understated and modest. Ip Man 2 is good as well, also starring Donnie Yen, but the story isn't as good as the one in the first film. Both are very much worth watching if you enjoy a good kung-fu movie with a good story (and this one is based on the true story of Ip Man, the legendary master of the young Bruce Lee).
These modern kung-fu movies out of Hong Kong (called "wuxia" in China) are not your daddy's kung-fu films. They are no longer B-movies with cheesy acting and dubbing. These are in Mandarin or Cantonese with English subtitles, and the cinematography and set design and costumes are outstanding, nearly up to or sometimes even equal to major Hollywood motion picture production standards. The dialogue is much better than in 70s kung-fu films, and the story is better too. The biggest bit of cheese is the unfortunate tendency of even the best Chinese filmmakers to indulge in silly stereotyping of "foreigners." (It's pretty obvious to Westerners, but I suspect most Chinese viewers don't really notice it so much. Hey, many Westerner filmmakers have been/are guilty of similar ethnic stereotyping, too, so I guess it's to be expected).