I’m really into old asian shit, like samurais, ninjas, big robes, martial arts, senseis, sitting on the floor eating rice, all that stuff. Because of that I love old school asian movies. Time pieces I mean, new movies that are set in old school China or Japan. Old movies like the Bruce Lee ones usually blow. I’ve thought about it for a while and figured it out. I just like culture. Customs, tradition, style, etc. Asian culture is so different from western culuture that it seems like another world and it’s cool to see how regular things are carried out.
“Ip Man” takes place in the early 1900s and is about a Wing Chun martial art master that finds himself rising to the top of his local popularity and eventually becomes the defender of the Chinese against invading Japan. At one point an out-of-town martial artists laughs at a local fighting in “Wing Chun”, calling it a girlie style of fighting. When I heard the martial art name I remembered something and asked, isn’t that that Bruce Lee shit? Sure enough, it is. “Ip Man” is loosely based on the story of Ip Man, a true life grand master of Wing Chun who ended up being Bruce Lee’s master.
This movie’s bad ass. It’s a Hong Kong film in…Chinese? it’s an obvious assumption but it’s still an assumption. Basically, the film is subtitled in English and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s funny because every time you think about having to read a movie you get this feeling like fuck that I don’t want to be reading the whole time. Yet, when I think back on this movie I don’t remember the subtitles. I remember the characters and the words they spoke as if I heard them, then I remember it was subtitled and realize that in the grand scheme of things it didn’t matter if I actually heard them speak the shit or read it for myself.
The story’s cool, the movie opens up with Ip Man having a local master for dinner and then they start sparring. Ip Man hands him his ass and then politely tells him “thank you for taking it easy on me, master” while they both know that these are only formalities and it’s obvious who the better man is. Ip Man practices the art but is not a teacher because he doesn’t want to deal with that responsibility. It’s not until an outsider comes into town and starts challenging all of the local masters to fights and whoopin’ their asses that Ip Man becomes involved. The way Ip Man carries himself is sick, he never breaks a sweat and is always very proper, great posture, ALPHA.
The fights are sick and the pacing of the movie is nice and slow. I had a good time watching it. I don’t want to say too much about it because I watched it without knowing anything about it and was blown away… but I have to say that one of my favorite parts is when the out of town challenger finally arrives at Ip Man’s home and challenges him. Ip Man’s wife tells him to get out, challenger makes fun of Ip Man for being afraid of his wife, Ip Man tells him that there are no men that fear their wives, just those that respect them. The challenger tells Ip Man’s wife not to worry, he won’t beat him to a pulp and if she’s concerned about his well being that he will only use one hand. You can see it in her face, she turns to Ip Man and simply tells him not to break anything. She knows he will whoop his ass and because of all of this guy’s shit talking she will let Ip Man do what he does best. She’s OTFABS.
I highly recommend it and it’s one of my new favorite movies. From what I see there’s a sequel and an Ip Man 3. I have to watch these!