Unrelated to Wilson Yip's Ip Man films starring Donnie Yen, director Herman Yau takes on a different approach in the creation of a fictional Chinese folk hero by reshaping the life of Master Ip, the man who would become Bruce Lee's teacher.
This is a review of the original Chinese version before the film was re-titled “Ip Man 3: The Legend is Born” for the consumption of international audiences. It was promoted to capitalize on the popularity of the Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen films “Ip Man” and “Ip Man 2”, but it was soon restored to its original title thankfully in the U.S.. This film is originally called “The Legend is Born: Ip Man” and is totally unrelated to the films … more
True story: I was first put on to the whole Ip Man series by an online friend who told me that I absolutely had to see the films because “they’re like a cross between SCHINDLER’S LIST and ENTER THE DRAGON!” While I found the comparison more than a little off-kilter, I did see the first film, simply titled IP MAN. It was released in 2008, and it told the story of Yip Man, a grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and – as I learned … more