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'''''Ip Man''''' is a 2009 film [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Very Loosely Based On]] the life of Creator/BruceLee's eponymous master.

Foshan in 1930s China is a place renowned for the number of martial arts schools in it, with the exception of the titular hero who wishes not to take in any disciples. When a troupe of upstart Northerners successfully beats up the other masters, though, it falls on Ip Man to defend Foshan's honor.

Fast forward to 1937, [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar when the Japanese invade China]]. His mansion confiscated by the Japanese, Ip Man is forced to shovel coal to feed his family and learns of matches the Japanese are staging between their karate exponents and Foshan's former martial arts masters. When a friend's failure costs him his life, Ip Man's vengeful demolishing of ten Japanese pugilists draws the attention of the Japanese General Miura. Ip wants no more of it, but when a group of bandits threaten a friend's factory, some of whom are all too familiar, it starts a series of events that spiral to a final confrontation between Ip and Miura.

If you are looking for an in-depth biography of the master of Bruce Lee, you are looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for a great martial arts flick with exceedingly tight choreography and likeable characters, you are in the right spot.

A sequel has been released end-April 2010 (very close to the UK release for [[Film/IronMan another "IM2"]]), focusing on Ip Man's attempt to propagate Wing Chun in Hong Kong after the war. In doing so, he finds opposition from other martial arts masters as well as the British.

A "prequel," ''The Legend is Born'', that doesn't even really qualify for InNameOnly status sometimes gets lumped into this franchise, due to the reuse of a number of actors from the first two films. It should be clear though, that this movie is not related to any of the Ip Man movies made by Wilson Yip.

Thankfully, [[http://twitchfilm.com/2012/05/donnie-yen-returning-for-ip-man-3d.html A Third Movie, to be released in 3D is in development]], starring DonnieYen one last time as Ip Man is due for a 2013 release, will bring a proper conclusion to the Trilogy.

'''Note for Western readers''': The character name is rendered in traditional Chinese style, so "Ip" is the surname. Additionally, it is not a [[SomethingPerson superhero name]]. Please do not be confused.

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!!This film and its sequel provide examples of:

* AllLovingHero: Ip Man himself. He's forgiving, kind, and though he can kick your ass, he won't without a good reason. And he won't gloat and even though you insisted on fighting him and were thoroughly humiliated, he'll go out of his way to hide this from the populace.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Pretty much every martial artist, with Ip Man being a notable exception. Best examples being General Miura, a FourStarBadass with BloodKnight tendencies, and Twister, an utterly vicious Western boxer. Also notable is Wong Leung, who grows out of it after some hard lessons.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: The cop who pulls out a revolver in the first movie points it directly in Ip's face. Thankfully, Ip disarms him before something goes terribly wrong. Interestingly, Ip blocks the hammer and trigger, then pops out the cylinder of the revolver, showing that he has some basic knowledge of firearms.
* AsskickingPose: True to genre convention, all the martial artists in the movies assume one before fighting. Somewhat TruthInTelevision, as most martial arts have a default 'ready' stance.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Part of [[spoiler: Ip's defeat of the Twister]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: General Miura throws down with three guys in his first appearance and takes them down without much fuss. Ultimately he is the only one who actually manages to land real hits on our hero.]
* BackstabBackfire: See InTheBack.
* {{Badass}}: The eponymous character. BruceLee's master, mind.
* BadassLongRobe: Ip Man has one, and he is [[LimitedWardrobe rarely seen without]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: TrainingThePeacefulVillagers has been subverted, the factory workers]] are still getting their asses handed to them by the bandits - until Ip Man shows up and gives them the old what-for.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Typically all defeated fighters show this.
* BloodKnight: General Miura's character is defined by a desire to pit the Chinese martial arts against his Japanese karate.
** Twister in the second only cares about fighting and proving his superiority, showing pretty much all of the negative connotations (propensity for violence, anger, arrogance) but none of the relatively positive traits (honor, respect for his opponents).
* BoringButPractical: Twister doesn't use kicks at all, and only uses basic punches. However, thanks to his [[LightningBruiser speed, incredible strength]] and sheer {{Ax Craz|y}}iness, he still manages to [[spoiler: beat Master Hung Lie-Nang to death with his fists, and nearly does the same to Ip.]]
* BossRush: Jin has a villainous version in the first movie, cutting through the masters of Fo Shan before facing Master Ip.
* CallBack: Early in the second film, Wong Leung asks if Ip has defeated ten men at the same time.
* CasualtyInTheRing: [[spoiler: Master Hung]]
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Sato's actual gun. Used first to kill Liu, then to play "bang bang" with Ip Man's son, then to threaten Ip Man, then to shoot Ip Man, then Li Zhao turns it on him.]]
* [[AmericaWinsTheWar China Wins The War]]: The closing narration of the first movie describes China's defeat of Japan without mentioning the involvement of other Allied nations, including the atomic bombs, the Soviet invasion of Japanese-held China, or the American occupation of Japan.
* ColonelBadass: Averted with Sato, who most definitely is not cool. Miura, on the other hand, is a FourStarBadass and textbook example of the noble Samurai Warrior.
* CombatPragmatist: A number of characters, not least the titular hero, who can easily go from smiling genially like the nice guy he is outside combat to kicking your joints in and raining RapidFireFisticuffs on your face and head. Subverted with [[spoiler: Zealot Lin.]] The sequel takes Ip's Pragmatism to another level. Twister is also a Pragmatist, doing things like [[spoiler: repeatedly slugging Master Hung in the face when he refuses to let go of the rope or hitting Ip just as the bell rings.]]
** Ip learned his pragmatism the hard way. It took a forced 180-split from [[BadassGrandpa an elderly medicine seller]] to teach him that improvisation was acceptable in Wing Chun.
* ComfortingComforter: In one scene Ip Man is shown draping a blanket over the shoulders of his sleeping wife and son.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Both played straight and averted, where both the titular hero and General Miura can throw down with multiple opponents with ease but Master Liu, who had been winning at the one-on-one Japanese-staged matches, tries to take on three at once and gets his ass handed to him.
** And it's implied that Liu only did it after he saw Ip Man watching and [[HonorBeforeReason felt the need to show off]].
* CrapsackWorld: The city of Foshan becomes this during the war.
* CurbStompBattle: Most of the fights in that the titular character is in. The film was explicitly meant to glorify him and be all nationalistic, though, plus the choreography is superb, avoiding any potential boredom. The opponents he Curb Stomps usually were Curb Stomping their opponents before he shows up, also helping to reduce the boredom and make the wins more impressive. An arguably deliberate LampshadeHanging occurs in the final fight against General Miura, where Ip Man caps off by pinning the other guy against a pole and going to town while scenes of his practice on a training dummy are interposed.
* GangOfHats: The Axe Gang.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Ip Man accidentally kicks Twister after kicking has been banned in their match.
* DavidVersusGoliath: IpMan versus the Twister in the second film is this very straight. TheHero may have got his {{Badass}} cred down pat earlier, but the Twister is not only physically larger, he had destroyed the OldMaster who fought Ip to a draw [[spoiler: and gleefully beat him to death in cold blood]], so there is a definite underdog vibe.
* DefeatMeansFriendship:
** Double subverted with Wong Leung. After Ip trashes him the first time they meet, the latter up and leaves. He comes back with three friends to try to defeat Ip. It's only when this fails that Wong asks Ip to accept him as a student.
** Played straight from the first movie to the second: The leader of the ne'er-do-wells from the first movie gets defeated by Ip in it, and in the second movie comes to his aid. He even credits Ip for helping to turn his life around.
* DentedIron: Master Hung
* TheDogBitesBack: Inspector Li repays Col. Sato's cruelty by kicking out his knee and hobbling him while he's out cold and later by [[spoiler: turning Sato's own pistol on him and blowing his brains out]].
* [[SeanConneryIsGoingToShootYou Donnie Yen Is Going To Kick Your Ass:]] Seen in the above poster on the trope page, and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_wO33-aOOTc/TddJVLUkbVI/AAAAAAAAAAQ/WinFPUG_k2I/s1600/2008_ipman_poster_cn.jpg here]] and [[http://media.seattleweekly.com/5872236.79.jpg here.]]
* TheDragon: Colonel Sato is this to General Miura.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Jin in the second movie. Last seen by Ip as a bandit and gave the Japanese his location. Greeted as an old friend upon showing up (though his BigDamnHeroes moment certainly helped.
** In the same movie, Master Hung. Introduced as the OpposingSportsTeam who basically tried to keep Ip from starting a kung fu school and got Ip arrested for rescuing his prize student. This changes after [[WorthyAdversary they fight to a draw]] and he [[EnemyMine faces off against Twister]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Twister from ''2'' calls Master Hung a "yellow piece of fat" early on, and only gets worse from there.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: General Miura isn't pleased with Colonel Sato murdering Chinese Warriors who lose in the daily bouts for food:
--> '''Miura:''' This dojo is a place of Martial Spirit, this (Holds Pistol to Sato's treacherous head) has no place here; ''never'' bring it here again. '''Have I made myself clear!!"'''
** To be clear, the fighter that Sato murdered had already legitimately won a match against a Japanese fighter before asking for 3 opponents, so the bag of rice he was picking up before being shot in the head was already his, even after losing his 3-on-1 bout.
* EvilBrit: Twister and the [[PoliceBrutality brutal policeman]] in the sequel were. Seems that being evil is a prerequisite to being a brit, which is a stark contrast to the PoliticallyCorrectHistory that's often portrayed. To be fair, there are pretty heavy doses of AccentuateTheNegative in the Hong Kong segments. The British certainly were NOT that enlightened or innocent as is often portrayed, but a lot of the scenes in the film (particularly the copious officially-sanctioned use of PoliceBrutality to intimidate dissidents) dates back far before the film is set after said issues had been largely cleaned up (by WWII the British realized it was not a good idea to needlessly provoke their Chinese allies when both the KMT and CCP were calling for annexation and they themselves were heavily dependent on the anti-Colonial US for support, and even as early as the turn of the century police corruption on the scale we see in the film- particularly involving violence- was met with jail or worse). However, in this case, one may well say that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
** Also, it's implied that their British superiors weren't aware of the level of corruption and brutality, and bringing it to their attention is enough to get the head of the police fired. (Not that they particularly care about the Chinese, they just don't think it's appropriate behavior.)
* ExtremityExtremist: Invoked in the second film, where the British make kicking against the rules after Twister takes a few good hits.
* FinalBattle: Betweem Ip Man and General Miura.
* FlexibleTourneyRules: When Ip Man starts to win against Twister, the bloodthirsty Chinese-bullying british boxer, the referees "suddenly" remember that you're not suppose to kick in western boxing matches and call Ip Man on it; something they didn't bother to call Master Hung on in the last match when Twister was beating the sick and elderly Chinese Warrior ''to death.''
* ForegoneConclusion: Everyone watching the sequel already knows that he would survive the Japanese invasion of China and become Bruce Lee's martial arts master. Ip will also definitely have to prevail against the Twister in the second.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: The main villains of the first two films.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: In the second movie, Ip Man defeated Wong Leung who was fighting using a boxing stance. Fast forward to the later parts of the movie where Ip Man took on a British boxer.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Sato.
* FreudianExcuse: Jin tries to offer one as an excuse for his banditry.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Twister's boxing is brutally effective. Earlier subverted with the street fighting of Wong Leung and his friends, who get stomped by Ip.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Jin]] in the second film.
* HenpeckedHusband: Jin accused Ip of being one when he refused to fight him in his house.
** Oh the irony, Jin himself becomes one in the second movie, but to his credit he is also a loving husband and father.
* HonorBeforeReason: Ip Man himself obviously, and surprisingly enough Miura, who honors the code of the warrior even towards his Chinese enemies.
** Ip rejecting the ten bags of rice after destroying the ten black belts. While he was obviously trying to make a point, as well as avenge [[spoiler: Master Liu's]] death, you have to wonder just how many of his people Ip could've fed with all that rice.
** In the sequel, Master Hung offers protecting the honour of Chinese martial arts as the reason why he does not back down against the Twister.
* HotBlooded: Zealot Lin in the first movie, Wong Leung in the second.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Ip Man defeats a sword-wielding opponent with his wife's feather duster. He takes on Jin again later on with a long bamboo pole. In the sequel, he uses even more of these, such as wooden pallets and baskets/trays.
* InTheBack
** How [[spoiler: Zealot Lin tries to defeat General Miura, and fails]]
** Similarly, how Leung tries to take out Twister, with similar (though not as fatal) results.
* InterestingSituationDuel: The second movie has a fight atop a very rickety table, surrounded by chairs.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted; Ip's knuckles are clearly bruised after he finishes dealing with the Japanese pugilists.
* {{Irony}}: With all its ''anti''-Japanese sentiments, the heart-stirring theme of the film, swelling with Chinese pride is composed by ''Japanese'' composer Kenji Kawai, famous for his unforgettable musical scores for the ''GhostInTheShell'' films and the {{Anime}} adaptation of the VisualNovel FateStayNight.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the first movie, Li, the police captain, exhibits this. His first scene in the movie consists of him denigrating Kung Fu and its practitioners, and when the Japanese arrive, he willingly serves as their interpreter, which includes persuading his fellow Chinese to take part in sparring matches against the Japanese (which is shown to result in the occasional Chinese death or humiliation). Ip Man even calls him out for being so willing to help the invading Japanese. Then, it's shown later, he's using what he gets from his interpreter job to support his family, and is likely to be the only one able to do so (the other shown members of said family are all elderly, children/late adolescent at most, or crippled). Not to mention, he [[spoiler: hides Ip Man and his family from General Miura, and kills Colonel Sato for shooting Ip.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Jin. In the first film he begins as an ArrogantKungFuGuy incarnate, becomes a bandit, and then sells out the location of Ip Man to the Japanese. In the sequel, he's treated as an old friend and is seen happily married with a child]].
** Then again, he is also deaf in one ear and his first scene in the second movie consists of him helping Ip Man.
*** This is averted in a deleted scene where Miura has [[spoiler: Jin]] [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves killed after he sells out the location of Ip Man.]]
** And in ''Ip Man 2'' [[spoiler: Twister was not killed, or even at-least crippled, for killing Master Hung and destroying his school.]]
* KarmicDeath: The cruel Japanese Colonel Sato, [[spoiler:who had shot Master Liu to death earlier for losing against Japanese fighters]], eventually [[spoiler: gets killed by a shot from his own gun after it is wrestled away from him. By Li Zhao, who he had smacked around for no good reason.]]
* KungShui: Jin smashes up some of Ip's stuff while the latter is merely dodging, before his son comes in, conveying a message from his wife to get serious. Ip does and prevents any more vases from getting broken.
--> '''Jin:''' (After breaking a vase) I'll pay for that.
--> '''Ip:''' You will.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Twister laughs off the attacks of Master Hung's students, taunting their weakness, but properly dodges and blocks Master Hung and Ip's attacks.
* LesCollaborateurs: Li Zhao, who does not revel in his new position unlike many others.
** In a deleted scene [[spoiler: his fellow villagers beat him to death for being a sell-out after he kills Sato.]]
** "Fatso" for the British in the second movie. Like Li Zhao, he ends up betraying his boss and helps the Chinese.
* LightningBruiser: The Twister can take and dish it out well while still being fast enough to keep up with Master Hung and Ip.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: Look closely at how the Japanese pugilists fighting Ip Man act, compared to those fighting Master Liu.
** Also, they've had longer to see how Liu fights, which probably gave them a slight advantage. Not to mention, the points where Liu starts getting his ass kicked are when he tries certain moves that, while useful against a lone opponent, leave him completely defenseless against the other two black-belts (specifically, those couple different grabs that he tries).
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay: Subverted. Ip's Wing Chun generally eschews showboating and kicks much ass, while more showy pugilists don't fare well, and the toughest opponent thus far is the Twister, who sticks to boxing.
* MartialPacifist: Ip, unless provoked, anyway.
* MookChivalry:
** Averted in Master Liu's fight against three men.
** Played straight in Ip Man's subsequent fight against ten men. While it's difficult to fight effectively with a group that large, they certainly go down easier than the ones that fought Master Liu, and as a whole seem to wait their turn to go down with little effort. Though once their ranks thin, they do get a bit better.
* MouthyKid: [[spoiler: Young BruceLee.]]
* NecessaryEvil: Master Hung in the sequel. He is something of a {{Jerkass}} and OpposingSportsTeam to Ip Man early on, but it quickly becomes apparent that his rules, fees, and attitude are necessary for the martial arts schools to remain afloat under British rule.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Jin's sword doesn't help him much against Ip Man. On the other hand, Ip has no qualms against arming himself.
* NobleDemon: Miura, who is more motivated by patriotism in his viciousness than sadism like his cowardly-subordinate Sato, shows respect towards his Chinese enemies, and is in his own brutal way an honorable, traditional Japanese Warrior.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Liberally used by the Japanese. The film doesn't bother hiding its nationalism. Two specific examples are Master Liu getting thrashed by three Japanese pugilists and Ip Man going to town on General Miura. Two examples in the sequal are Twister beating [[spoiler: Master Hung]] to death, and Ip Man thrashing Twister's face towards the end of the final fight.
** Really, almost every fight in the first movie is incredibly one-sided leading to one of these... the only time it's averted is when the beatdown-er is a goddamn saint (... AKA Ip Man when he's not severely pissed off).
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Ip Man generally avoids direct confrontations and attempts to pass this onto his students.
--> '''Wong Leung:''' I bet you can go up against [[CallBack 10 men]]!
--> '''Ip Man:''' The best way to deal with it is to not fight at all.
--> '''Wong Leung:''' What happens if they have weapons?
--> '''Ip Man:''' (Briefly chuckles) Run.
** I wouldn't call that stupidity. Quite the contrary, in fact.
** The part about running is at least TruthInTelevision, in a way - some Wing Chun masters tell their students to, essentially, run away whenever weapons are brought into a fight. (Guns are a different matter, though.)
* OffhandBackhand: How General Miura [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Catches]] [[spoiler: Zealot Lin]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Fighting Dirty]]
* OldMaster: Deconstructed with Master Hung, as exhaustion starts setting in during the match against Twister.
** Also discussed by Ip Man himself, who tells a student that no matter how good he is, his abilities will degrade with age.
* PerspectiveFlip: An early part of both films involves a newcomer challenging established martial arts masters. Thing is? In the first film it's a villain doing so, who Ip puts in place. In the second, it's Ip himself who's the outsider. Pity that it was never commented on.
* PoliceBrutality: In the second film, a British policeman beats on [[spoiler: editor-in-chief Kan.]]
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory:
** Averted when it comes to foreign behavior; the first film doesn't try to whitewash wartime Japanese behaviour, while the second doesn't shy from depicting Western racism.
** Played straight in other instances. To be more Communist-friendly, the first film does not mention that Ip Man was a Kuomintang supporter who left for Hong Kong to escape the Communists, not the Japanese.
* PricelessMingVase: Averted twice.
** Though we see Ming vases at Ip Man's home, the thing that actually breaks during the fight with Jin is cheap dish.
** In the next scene Ip Man is being offered the [[MacGuffin best vase in his shop]] by a street vendor. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail would let us assume it will break later on, but it doesn't happen.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PummelDuel: In the second.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Liberally used by the titular hero.
** TruthInTelevision - kinda. Linking multiple straight punches in quick succession - also known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin chain punching]] - is one of the cornerstones of Wing Chun, the southern Chinese martial art of which the RealLife Ip Man was a master. However, in practice students are advised to keep it to short bursts: it's impossible to maintain the initial striking power beyond a certain point (not to mention the risk of interruption), and to prolong it further is dangerous and impractical.
*** They should also be taught not to use it as an entry technique. It's possibly one of the worst ways of closing distance and entering an opponent's guard short of putting your hands in your pockets and running forward with your chin out.
** The sequel has [[GodHand pummel duels.]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure MUDAMUDAMUDAORAORAORA]] anyone?
* RealityEnsues: A few times.
** Master Liu, who's been kicking arse and taking names in one-on-one duels, tries to up the difficulty to take three karateka at once. It doesn't end well.
** Ip attempts TrainingThePeacefulVillagers so that his friend's factory workers can defend themselves against the bandits. It doesn't work.
** [[spoiler:Ip Man beats Miura and stands around dramatically while thinking about the cost of the war. Then he is shot. This is a particularly good example, since the film made it very clear that Ip would be killed if he didn't throw the match, even showing Sato's hand edging towards his holster in the middle of the fight.]]
** In the sequel, Master Hung is an OldMaster... which means he doesn't have the stamina to keep up with the younger Twister.
* RealMenWearPink: At one point, Wing Chun is made fun of for being feminine. Without any shame, Ip Man admits that Wing Chun was invented by a woman.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: "Fatso"]] in the second film.
* RingOut: The final fight against General Miura is on a raised platform with this as a defeat condition. In the sequel, Ip has to face the Hong Kong-based masters on a table, with getting off it as a defeat condition.
* RivalTurnedEvil: While he and Ip Man never became friends [[spoiler: until the sequel]], Jin descended from martial artist rivalry to becoming a bandit and later [[spoiler: selling Ip Man's last known whereabouts to the Japanese]].
** HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Jin in the sequel, which is something of a KarmaHoudini moment]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ip Man's demolishing of the 10 [[strike:judoka]] karateka may be one of these.
* {{Seppuku}}: [[spoiler: Miura's]] fate in a deleted scene.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: The primary antagonists of both films have high government connections. This serves to make Ip Man the underdog, despite being, well, [[ShowyInvincibleHero Ip Man.]]
* SequelHook: The second film ends with [[spoiler: the introduction of young BruceLee.]]
* ShowyInvincibleHero: The titular character [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] all his enemies, but the choreography is tight enough to minimize boredom.
** Averted in the second film, where [[spoiler: Ip defeats the Twister, but not before he gets knocked down a few times.]]
* [[HarbingerOfAssKicking Sleeve Rolling of Asskicking]]
* SmugSnake: Colonel Sato, who makes leering grins liberally, crosses the MoralEventHorizon not long after his first appearance, dishes out [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown No Holds Barred Beatdowns]] liberally and keeps asking to (and getting denied from) [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Just Shoot]] our hero. His KarmicDeath is much-welcomed.
* SoLastSeason: Beating up ten Japanese karate experts and a general is nothing compared to fighting a showy British boxer.
* TactfulTranslation: After Ip Man beats up the ten Karate black belts and tells off the general, the translator gives the general a much more polite version of Ip Man's words.
* TapOnTheHead: Both used and averted, as many mooks go down from a single strike to the head, but named characters are more resilient
** Somewhat justified - most of the mooks aren't (or, at least, aren't ''exceptionally'') skilled martial artists, and as such, aren't trained as well in being able to continue fighting after getting hit (which does constitute part of any martial arts training regiment), especially after hard hits to places like the neck, face, and chest (as is Ip Man's target every other hit or so). Those that are, however, do take quite the punishment before going down - Ip Man either has to severely beat, or outright break the limbs of almost all the Japanese black belts in the 10-on-1 fight, for example.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In IM2, there's a pair of martial arts masters whose main role is to sit together and comment about the fights they're watching. They mock Ip Man during his "tryout" for the Hong Kong martial arts society and cheer him on when he's fighting Twister.
* TooDumbToLive: You will say to yourself "No! Don't do that, you idiot!" when [[spoiler:Zealot Lin decides to make a final attempt to attack Miura while his back is turned after their matched had been clearly finished, I guarantee it. At this point Lin was battered, bruised and likely internally bleeding, and he barely stood a chance against him when he was fresh. In the sequel, Master Hong refusing to quit when he was clearly going to be beaten to death may qualify as well, though it is more HonorBeforeReason.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Subverted. The son of the mill owner seems confident about his fighting skills after being [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers trained by Ip Man]]. However that feeling doesn't last long when facing Jin's gang in combat.
* TrainingMontage: When Ip Man is TrainingThePeacefulVillagers.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: {{Subverted}}, where our hero trains the workers at Quan's factory in Wing Chun to help them resist a group of bandits, only for [[spoiler: the bandits to prevail anyway until Ip Man pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* TranslationConvention: In the Cantonese dub, Foshaners speak Cantonese while Jin's Northerners speak Mandarin. In the Mandarin dub, both groups of Chinese speak Mandarin. However, Japanese speak uninterpreted Japanese.
* TrashTalk: The Twister mouths off about his perception on the supposedly inferiority of Chinese martial arts a lot. A LOT.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[{{In-Universe}} vs. Wing Chun.]] Let's rock!
* UndefeatableLittleVillage: Subverted. Master Yip [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers trains his entire local village]] in Wing Chun in order to fight off the bandits. However, the newly attained skills didn't prove effective and it needed Ip Man's presence to stop the gang from doing more harm to the workers.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Applied to Ip in the second film.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Twister revels in it.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film's historical inaccuracies are discussed [[http://www.film4.com/reviews/2008/ip-man here]].
* WarriorPoet: Ip Man
* WarriorTherapist: Ip Man becomes this accidentally. Between the first and second films, his friend Zhou Qing Quan loses his memory after being shot in the head by the Japanese. Zhou regains his memory after listening to Ip Man's match with Twister on the radio.
** Jin goes from a violent bandit to a DotingParent and HenpeckedHusband after being deafened in one ear by Ip Man.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Twister mocks the "dancing" of the martial arts demonstration.
* WholePlotReference: Both films are ''very'' similar to ''RockyIV''. A fighter from an enemy nation shows up on the hero's home turf. The hero's rival-turned-friend gets killed in a match. The hero avenges the death in the ring without killing his opponent. ''Ip Man 2'' even ends with the beaten up hero giving a speech on peace and tolerance, getting applause from his opponent's fans.
** ''Ip Man 2'' also draws heavily from Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Zoku Sugata Sanshiro'', specifically the plotline with the Eastern marial arts master (Japanese Judo in the Kurosawa film, Chinese Wing Chun in ''Ip Man 2'') taking on a Western boxer in a public match after a previous practitioner had been defeated.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Colonel Sato ''insists'' on simply shooting Ip Man, but General Miura is [[GenreBlind having none of that]].
* WithMyHandsTied: In the second film, Wong Leung spends some time doing this.
* YouLookFamiliar: Both Sammo Hung and Louis Fan play different roles in the trilogy. Sammo plays Hung Chun-nam, a rival teacher in the sequel, while in the third movie, he plays Chan Wah-shun, one of Ip's kung fu teachers. Louis Fan plays the northern fighter/bandit/husband Jin Shanzhao in the first two movies, while in the third, he plays Ip's adopted brother/Japanese spy Ip Tin-chi/Tanaka Eiketsu.
** Don't forget Dennis To who played Jin Shanzhao's henchman in the first film, then he played the gang leader and student of Hung Chun-nam in the second film, and finally he played the young Ip Man himself in the third film.
** Ironically, both characters which Sammo Hung plays [[ActorAllusion have asthma.]]

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