Ip Man 葉問 (2008)

  • Action
  • 1h 48m

Available between April 30 - May 23.

Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.

Synopsis

Dramatizes the life of Yip Man (1893-1972) in the mid to late 1930s. Foshun is a prosperous city with many martial arts schools. Yip, who practices Wing Chun, is the local master. When a rough gang comes to town, it’s Yip they must challenge. Then, Japan invades China. Yip and his family live in poverty, with Yip taking any work for food. General Miura, now in charge, stages martial arts fights between Chinese and his men: winners get extra rice. When the general’s attaché murders a colleague of Yip’s, Yip must step forward. At the same time, the ruffians return to town, this time threatening a local cotton mill. Can Yip protect the mill and his people?

Ip Man is the first film in the Ip Man film series.

Festivals & Awards

  • Best Action Choreography (Sammo Hung, Tony Leung Siu-hung), 46th Golden Horse Film Awards

  • Best Film & Best Action Choreography (Sammo Hung, Tony Leung Siu-hung), 28th Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Outstanding Abroad Actor (Donnie Yen) & Outstanding Co-production Film, Huabiao Film Awards

  • Film or Merit, Shanghai Film Critics Awards

  • Orient Express Award (Wilson Yip) & Best Picture, Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival

  • Best Action Choreography (Sammo Hung & Tony Leung Siu-hung) & Best Actor (Donnie Yen), 2nd Iron Elephant Awards

Curator’s Dialectic

“Most people would associate Ip Man with Hong Kong. Like many of the great people in Hong Kong, they once upon a time migrated from mainland China to the Pearl of Orient. They continued to connect Chinese culture and heritage with the world in their own ways, just like Ip Man did with Wing Chun.

What Producer Raymond Wong and his team did for the Yip Man Series was remarkable. They tried to create another cinematic “Bruce Lee” moment, where a character/moral figure could potentially unite Chinese around the world, in China, Hong Kong and beyond. At the same time, this character can also transcend cultural boundaries and communicate with international audience.”


About Wilson Yip

An award-winning and multi-skilled Film Director, Wilson Yip Wai-Shun has worked extensively with international and local artistes, established advertising agencies, as well as major TV and corporate clients for over a decade.

Wilson’s experience and works run the gamut in range and genres – from narratives, commercials to TV brandings. His unique brand of romanticism, storytelling techniques and compelling visual style are evident in the majority of his VFX-laced works. A promo video he conceptualized and directed for Oppo R17 Pro (Vietnam) has so far garnered over 8 million views. His inspiring short film “Dakota” clinched both Gold & Silver awards at the 2017 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, adding to his collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards won at Promax Global/Asia and New York Festivals in recent years.

Director

Wilson Yip

Producer

Raymond Wong

Screenplay

Edmond Wong

Screenplay

Chan Tai-lee

Music

Kenji Kawai

Cinematography

O Sing-Pui

Editor

Cheung Ka-fai

Languages

Cantonese, Japanese, English Subtitles

Countries

Hong Kong SAR, China

Studio

Mandarin Films

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