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Ip Man

An occupying Japanese general (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi) challenges Chinese men to duels so he can prove the superiority of the Japanese. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) -- a Chinese martial arts master forced to work in the mines -- refuses to fight, but can resist for only so long. Revisit the early days of Ip Man, who gained later fame as an early trainer of Bruce Lee, in director Wilson Yip's action-packed biopic set during the Sino-Japanese War.
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Netflix Rating: 4.3
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 84%
Critics' score: 84   Audience score: 92   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message. full review

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

The fanboys and girls won't notice such failings amid the displays of wing chun kung fu--the extras and body doubles do some truly impressive acrobatics--and those with a taste for big historical tearjerkers will be happy as well. full review

Mike Hale, New York Times

If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee. full review

Nick Schager, Village Voice
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