Karate Kid and its remake notwithstanding, the martial arts flick has faded from prominence since Lees 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 Lees legacy; its sort of a prequel, if you will. A loose biopic of its namesake, 2008s Ip Man takes a look at the life and times of the man who made his name as Lees trainer, Man, focusing in on Mans 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 Societys 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