History YMMV / IpMan

1st Sep '17 1:31:48 PM SasquatchJim
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* CoolVsAwesome: Many of the fights could be argued to be this, showcasing Wing Chun vs. Karate in the first film, and Wing Chun vs. Boxing in the 2nd. However, the 3rd film tops them all, with one of the focal points of the marketing being Creator/DonnieYen vs. Creator/MikeTyson!
12th May '17 4:55:35 PM Shadowwing09
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** Ma King-sang is merely a selfish jerk when he mouths off to his former master and tries to justify leading a gang, and is truly a bastard when he tries to have the school burned down (fortunately no one was inside) in order to secure the property for his boss. Where he truly crosses the line was [[spoiler: kidnapping the children and threatening to SELL THEM INTO SLAVERY]] to force Ip Man to cooperate.
9th May '17 9:00:37 AM Cieloazul
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: A strange example. When Creator/MikeTyson was announced to star in the third film along with Yen, there were many people, including Yen's own wife, who worried that Yen could get injured or wounded from working with Tyson, who is famous for both his boxing background and nasty attitude problems. It turned out that it was Yen who accidentally injured Tyson during the shootings, breaking one of his fingers when he instinctively blocked a punch with his elbow.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: A strange example. When Creator/MikeTyson Mike Tyson was announced to star in the third film along with Yen, there were many people, including Yen's own wife, who worried that Yen could get injured or wounded from working with Tyson, who is famous for both his brilliant boxing background resume and nasty attitude problems. It turned out that it was Yen who accidentally injured Tyson during the shootings, breaking one of his fingers when he instinctively blocked a punch with his elbow.


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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Frank, Mike Tyson's character, among other reasons for being the only opponent in the trilogy who is not bested by Ip Man.
9th May '17 8:57:30 AM Cieloazul
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* AnticlimaxBoss: General Miura from the first film. Despite the guy being built as a powerful and dangerous antagonist, his final fight against Ip Man is just a glorified CurbStompBattle for the Chinese. Miura does pose a bigger challenge than any of his underlings, but at the end, he only gets a couple of shots and throws before Ip Man proceeds to completely wreck him for the entire match.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Foreigners: Bad. Chinese Martial Arts: Good.
* AssPull: At the third film, Ip Man's [[BeyondTheImpossible skill to avoid hits by hearing them]] comes from nowhere in the exact moment he needs it. Not only it comes unseen, but it actually was unknown that such ability could be possible in the film's setting.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Despite what the film implies, karate was not as patriotic or culturally representative to Japanese as wing chun was to Chinese at the time of the setting, and in fact was considered somewhat of a foreign influence due to his Okinawan origin. Instead, it would have been more accurate to portray the Japanese soldiers as practitioners of judo or jujutsu, which were the "official" martial arts of the Japanese imperial military. However, as fans of UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts will know, the resultant fighting scenes would have been vastly different from the final product and would have not resembled your classy martial arts flick, so it can be taken as AcceptableBreaksFromReality in order to allow for more conventional, kick-to-kick fighting scenes.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: A strange example. When Creator/MikeTyson was announced to star in the third film along with Yen, there were many people, including Yen's own wife, who worried that Yen could get injured or wounded from working with Tyson, who is famous for both his boxing background and nasty attitude problems. It turned out that it was Yen who accidentally injured Tyson during the shootings, breaking one of his fingers when he instinctively blocked a punch with his elbow.
* AnticlimaxBoss: General Miura from the first film. Despite the guy being built as a powerful and dangerous antagonist, his final fight against Ip Man is just a glorified CurbStompBattle for the Chinese. Miura does pose a bigger challenge than any of his underlings, but at the end, he only gets a couple of shots and throws before Ip Man proceeds to completely wreck him for the entire match.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Foreigners: Bad. Chinese Martial Arts: Chinese: Good.
* AssPull: At the third film, Ip Man's [[BeyondTheImpossible skill to avoid hits strikes by hearing them]] comes from nowhere in the exact moment he needs it. Not only it comes unseen, but it actually was unknown never implied that such ability could be possible in the film's setting.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Despite what the film implies, karate was not as patriotic or culturally representative to Japanese Japan as wing chun was to Chinese China at the time of the setting, and in fact was considered somewhat of a foreign influence curiosity due to his Okinawan origin. Instead, it would have been more accurate to portray the Japanese soldiers as practitioners of judo or jujutsu, which were the "official" martial arts of the Japanese imperial military. However, as fans of UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts will know, the resultant fighting scenes would have been vastly different from the final product and would have not resembled your classy martial arts flick, so it can be taken as AcceptableBreaksFromReality in order to allow for more conventional, kick-to-kick fighting scenes.



** The second film is considered by many as a step forward from the first one, as it shows much more fleshed out antagonists and more credible challenges to Donnie Yen's character without losing the plot, and even its inevitable Chinese nationalism turns out more optimist and open than the {{Anvilicious}} first iteration. While it was slighty less succesful economically, the film was even more acclaimed as the first one (improving the first's 84% in Website/RottenTomatoes with a 92%) and actually got a bigger opening gross.
** The third one comes to a only slightly worse critical reception (a 81%) but it enjoyed of an economic success ''several times'' bigger than the other two movies ''put together'', launching the production of a possible sequel when it was originally thought as the last iteration of the franchise.

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** The second film is considered by many as a step forward from the first one, as it shows much more fleshed out antagonists and more credible challenges to Donnie Yen's character without losing the plot, and even plot. Even its inevitable {{Anvilicious}} Chinese nationalism nationalism, a typical complaint from the first, turns out more optimist and open than the {{Anvilicious}} first iteration. While it was slighty less succesful economically, the film was even more acclaimed got a better critical reception as the first one (improving the first's 84% in Website/RottenTomatoes with a 92%) and actually got a bigger opening gross.
gross. Donnie Yen himself considered it better as well.
** The third one comes to a only slightly worse critical reception (a (an 81%) but it enjoyed of an economic success ''several times'' bigger than the other two movies ''put together'', launching the production of a possible sequel when it was originally thought as the last iteration installment of the franchise.



** The idea of a imperial general forcing Chinese prisoners to fight him to prove the superiority of his martial arts could sound like the stereotypical Japanese ArrogantKungFuGuy mentality, but that's exactly what Chinese military did with Japanese prisoners during the Sino-Japanese Wars. One of the greatest martial artists in China, Chang Tung Sheng, actually gained fame by beating prisoners in POW camps.

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** The idea of a imperial general forcing Chinese prisoners to fight him to prove the superiority of his martial arts could sound like the stereotypical Japanese ArrogantKungFuGuy mentality, but that's exactly what Chinese military did with Japanese prisoners during the Sino-Japanese Wars. One of the greatest martial artists in China, Chang Tung Sheng, actually gained his fame by beating prisoners in POW camps.



* WTHCastingAgency: Barely averted because Hiroyuki Ikeichi does a convincing performance as Miura, but the oddity remains in that, if you are a casting director looking for a guy to play a karate master, you are not supposed to choose a judo expert.
** Originally, for Ip Man 3, the producers of the film wanted to use a ''3D - generated'' version of Bruce Lee in order to portray the legendary founder of Jeet-Kune-Do, Their reasoning being that they felt a real actor couldn't do the actual role justice. The response to the announcement was, to say the least, explosive, with both domestic and foreign viewers outraged at the decision to do so. Suffice to say, the decision was quickly rescinded.

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* WTHCastingAgency: WTHCastingAgency:
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Barely averted because Hiroyuki Ikeichi does a convincing performance as Miura, but the oddity remains in that, if you are a casting director looking for a guy to play a karate master, you are not supposed to choose an actor with a judo expert.
background in judo.
** Originally, for Ip Man 3, the producers of the film wanted to use a ''3D - generated'' version of Bruce Lee in order to portray the legendary founder of Jeet-Kune-Do, Jeet Kune Do. Their reasoning being that they felt a real actor couldn't do the actual role justice. The response to the announcement was, to say the least, explosive, with both domestic and foreign viewers outraged at the decision to do so. Suffice to say, the decision was quickly rescinded.
21st Feb '17 6:30:36 AM Larkmarn
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*** Considering how often the Japanese tied Chinese men to posts and used them for bayonet practice...
7th Feb '17 7:06:04 PM erforce
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* SpiritualLicensee: ''Ip Man 2'' is more or less like a ForeignRemake of ''[[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Rocky IV]]''.

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* SpiritualLicensee: ''Ip Man 2'' is more or less like a ForeignRemake of ''[[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Rocky IV]]''.''Film/RockyIV''.
1st Feb '17 4:19:00 PM MeiwakunaBoku
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* SignatureScene: Ip Man's fight against the 10 black belts.
18th Dec '16 10:59:52 PM drillizer
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** Originally, for Ip Man 3, the producers of the film wanted to use a ''3D - generated'' version of Bruce Lee in order to portray the legendary founder of Jeet-Kune-Do, Their reasoning being that the felt a real actor couldn't do the actual role justice. The response to the announcement was, to say the least, explosive, with both domestic and foreign viewers outraged at the decision to do so. Suffice to say, the decision was quickly rescinded.

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** Originally, for Ip Man 3, the producers of the film wanted to use a ''3D - generated'' version of Bruce Lee in order to portray the legendary founder of Jeet-Kune-Do, Their reasoning being that the they felt a real actor couldn't do the actual role justice. The response to the announcement was, to say the least, explosive, with both domestic and foreign viewers outraged at the decision to do so. Suffice to say, the decision was quickly rescinded.
18th Dec '16 10:59:07 PM drillizer
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----** Originally, for Ip Man 3, the producers of the film wanted to use a ''3D - generated'' version of Bruce Lee in order to portray the legendary founder of Jeet-Kune-Do, Their reasoning being that the felt a real actor couldn't do the actual role justice. The response to the announcement was, to say the least, explosive, with both domestic and foreign viewers outraged at the decision to do so. Suffice to say, the decision was quickly rescinded.
17th Dec '16 7:09:50 PM YT45
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*** Considering how often the Japanese tied Chinese men to posts and used them for bayonet practice...
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