Parents' Guide to

Ip Man

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent martial arts biopic of man who trained Bruce Lee.

Movie R 2008 106 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

F word used quite frequently

The f word is used quite frequently and there is a considerable amount of violence, but nothing like you'd expect from Hollywood. Other than it not being suitable for the age rating, the film is utter rubbish. Poor plot, poor VFX , questionable acting and a cringe worthy script. Both me and my daughter I enjoyed the other Ip Man movies and found them to be age appropriate, but not this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+
Film includes war scenes but overall is has good moral compass and story, I would recommend it to people of 12 and above.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (7):

This film deserves a place among the very best of not only contemporary martial arts movies, but martial arts movies of all time. The story, action, characters, time, and setting all work together to create an unforgettable epic. While the styles and conventions of martial arts movies are on full display, what emerges is an absolutely riveting story, and not just because of the action. Furthermore, there's something full circle about the reveal that Ip Man was Bruce Lee's instructor. Not only did Ip Man fight fascists, he was also seminal in the development of the icon who made martial arts movies such an international phenomenon.

As the film's title character, Donnie Yen deftly balances the intense and expected martial arts sequences with the humility and modesty that also seemed to define the man. There's a subtlety and nuance in what he's doing as an actor that's easily overlooked amid all the kicking, punching, and fighting with swords, axes, and sticks. It's a movie that seems to reward repeated viewings, and it's little wonder how Ip Man launched a franchise of sequels. Exciting and engaging from beginning to end.

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