Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ip Man - The Wing Chun Master to Bruce Lee
When I was at the cinema recently watching that terrible "Quarantine" movie, I saw this poster at the foyer which read "Ip Man".. and being the banana person that I am, I pronounced it as I read it.."Ip Man" and I could not have been more wrong. The trailer of the movie was shown and only then I said to myself "Hey, I know this person. He is the Wing Chun Master of Bruce Lee and his name is actually pronounced as Yip Mun.. and not Ip Man.. bah!".
The trailer that was show in the cinema
Went to surf around the net to find out more information and there are a lot of things written about Ip Man and Wing Chun on the internet. Apart from checking Wikipedia, I also found these few interesting websites.
This is the official ipman movie website. The loading of the site after you have selected the language preference is great.. especially if you have a slower line. You might be able to learn some moves from that little cartoon man whilst the page is loading up :D. Cool page when it eventually got loaded up on my PC.
Then there is the WingChunNews. com site which is apparently the site to be at if you are looking of news, happenings, announcements in the Wing Chun World. This is extracted from WingChunNews page.
Founded by Yim Wing-chun; took root in the hands of Leung Chun; blossomed under Ip Man…’ Ip Man is adapted from the life story of Ip Man, the grand master of the Wing Chun style of kung fu and sifu (master) of legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee.
Wing Chun has a history of more than 200 years. It was founded by Yim Wing Chun, took root in the hands of Leung Chun, and prospered with Ip Man. The art of Wing Chun has now become very popular with martial arts enthusiasts, especially overseas. It is a traditional Chinese martial art with a formidable reputation internationally.
Wing Chun Kuen is characterised by close body combat, requiring practitioners to show speed and power. Its Chi Sao or “sticking hands” is more similar to modern day combat skills and has a rich feel of genuine strikes. This is also why Ip Man differs from the dazzingly romantic and purely fictional style of previous martial art movies. Its explosive punches and aggressive close-range combat offer a new thrill never experienced by modern day audiences.
The story of Wing Chun began in the 1920s and 30s, in wartorn China. Ip Man was martial art’s unyielding follower, devoted whole-heartedly to the free learning of wushu. The fight to be top between the Wushu schools in the southern and northern regions of China had not stopped him having goodwill matches with other practitioners. Nationalistic bad feelings and racial hatred had not lessened his respect for Japanese kung fu warriors. In this great era of hatreds and tragedies, Ip focused only on wushu. His enthusiasm for martial arts saw him having devastating street fights with various elite practitioners.
To date, there have neither been movies nor publications about Ip Man. This movie will be the first important record of the master’s life. Ip’s persistent devotion to Wing Chun is a classic example of the love and respect shown to wushu and the freedom and spirit it represents. This movie will see the making of a modern wushu master representative of Chinese people worldwide. Ip Man is a concept, a spirit, a way of thinking – and it represents a new peak in Hong Kong’s wushu movies.
The website can be found at http://www.ipman-movie.com
This is the Promo Video which is slightly longer than the Trailer.
I also found this short little video with some stills of the real man Ip Mun.. not Donnie Yen.