Wing Chun Style

In the grand tradition of the kung fu flick, Bruce Lee is undisputed king. As much legend as movie star, Lee could knock a man down with a one-inch punch, almost single-handedly introduced martial arts to the American film audience and once cinematically kicked the ass of Chuck Norris, which is sort of like kicking the ass of God.

Karate Kid and its remake notwithstanding, the martial arts flick has faded from prominence since Lee’s day, and so it makes sense that the first effort of any credibility to bring it back since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would directly reference Lee’s legacy; it’s sort of a prequel, if you will. A loose biopic of its namesake, 2008’s Ip Man takes a look at the life and times of the man who made his name as Lee’s trainer, Man, focusing in on Man’s home town of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese War. During the Japanese occupation, Man, as played by Donnie Yen, fights various Japanese karate experts with unflappable panache and a furious power punch, thereby proving that their dragon style is no match for his Wing Chun.

Ip Man screens tonight at 10 p.m. and tomorrow at midnight as part of the Denver Film Society’s weekend Watching Hour program at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $9.75; for more information, visit www.denverfilm.org.
Jan. 21-22, 2011

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Jef Otte
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