Ip man is the Chinese film centered around the character Yip Man, played by Donnie Yen, who was the first martial artist to teach the martial art known as Wing Chun, of which Yen is also a master. This real life individual not only is one of China’s most well known martial artists, but was also the man who trained Bruce Lee. In this film there is a heavy influence upon the importance of martial arts to the town of Foshan, a place where there are martial arts schools every where you turn. The film takes place in Japanese occupied portions of China during World War II, and provides an excellent view of the Chinese people holding onto their culture in the face of war through martial arts and the traditional agricultural living of many in that part of the country. The competitions between different schools of martial arts and the conflicts ensuing from the Japanese invasion comprise the majority of the film’s plot.

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