I was told to see this movie when it first came out. Its about the legendary Ip Man (who was Bruce Lees teacher in the art of Wing Chun. For those that don’t know much about Wing Chun , its an art created by WOMEN (clap one time for all the queens):
The oral history of the Yip Man branch of Wing Chun dates its creation to the reign of the Emperor Kangxi (1662–1722). After escaping the destruction of the Fujian Shaolin Monastery by Qing forces, the Abbess Ng Mui fled to the distant Daliang mountains (大涼山) on the border between Yunnan and Sichuan. One day, she came upon a fight between a snake and a crane (or other animal). She took the lessons she learned from observing the fight between the two animals and combined them with her own knowledge of Shaolin kung fu to create a new style. Ng Mui often bought her bean curd at the tofu shop of Yim Yee (嚴二). Yim Yee had a daughter named Yim Wing-Chun (嚴詠春) whom a local warlord was trying to force into marriage. Ng Mui taught her new fighting style to Wing-Chun, who used it to fend off the warlord once and for all. Wing-Chun eventually married a man she loved, Leung Bok-Chao (梁博儔), to whom she taught the fighting techniques that Ng Mui had passed on to her. Husband and wife in turn passed the new style on to others.
Being a Bruce Lee fan I always wanted to see Ip Man, but never really put any effort into seeing it. While working at John O’Connell High in SF a friend from my transcendental mediation class suggested I check it out. He said it was the bet kung fu movie he ever saw. Shortly after I saw it was available on Netflix and watched it.
Not only did this movie teach me a lot about the history of Wing Chun and Ip Man, I learned about patience. Ip Man dealt with very intense hardships of poverty in a war torn nation plus he faced constant challenges by other martial artists. He was never trying to fight everybody, he just wanted to cultivate his style. But in cultivating his style, he raised up a new generation of people around the world who would forever be in debt to him for his sacrifice. Its wonderfully shot and written. I don’t care what style of martial arts you do or love the most. This movie will raise your understanding about what it means to be more than just “a fighter”.