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Rundown of All 11 'Ip Man' Movies! (and Where to Watch)

Ip Man movies

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The Ip Man film series has captivated audiences around the world with its blend of martial arts action, historical drama, and compelling storytelling. Originating from the life of Ip Man, a legendary figure in the world of martial arts, these movies offer a glimpse into his remarkable journey and the impact he had on the martial arts community. Ip Man (also known as Yip Man) was a martial artist and a grandmaster of the martial art of Wing Chun by the age of 20. These 11 films tell both the story and (sometimes) the mythology of the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Let's delve into the 11 Ip Man movies and their spinoffs:


Ip Man Movies

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

Directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen as the titular character, this film serves as the cornerstone of the series. Set during the Japanese occupation of China, it follows Ip Man as he rises to prominence as a Wing Chun master and eventually becomes a symbol of hope for his people.


Ip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2

This sequel continues Ip Man's story as he relocates to Hong Kong after the Second Sino-Japanese War. Here, he faces new challenges, including prejudice, as he attempts to establish his martial arts school. The film also introduces the iconic rivalry between Ip Man and the British boxer, portrayed by Darren Shahlavi.


Ip Man 3 (2015)

Ip Man 3

In this installment, Ip Man confronts personal trials while contending with a formidable opponent in the form of a ruthless property developer played by Mike Tyson. The film also delves deeper into Ip Man's family life, showcasing his relationship with his wife and struggles as a father.


Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)

Ip Man 4

Serving as the concluding chapter of the series, this film sees Ip Man traveling to the United States at the invitation of his student, Bruce Lee. There, he faces cultural differences and battles against a group of martial artists who oppose his teachings. Donnie Yen delivers a powerful performance in his farewell to the role of Ip Man.


The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

This spinoff explores Ip Man's early years and his training under various masters. It provides insight into his formative experiences and the influences that shaped him into the legendary martial artist portrayed in the main series.


Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Set in the 1950s, this film focuses on Ip Man's later years in Hong Kong and his efforts to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of martial artists. Anthony Wong delivers a compelling portrayal of the aging Ip Man, reflecting on his life's achievements and legacy.


Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018)

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Starring action superstars: Tony Jaa, Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, and Max Zhang. While not directly centered on Ip Man himself, this spinoff follows the character of Cheung Tin Chi, portrayed by Zhang Jin, who appeared in "Ip Man 3." After his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi struggles to find his place in the martial arts world and becomes embroiled in conflict with a criminal syndicate.


Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (2019)

Ip Man: Kung Fu Master

This prequel explores Ip Man's younger years and his encounters with various martial arts masters. The film delves into his journey of self-discovery and the development of his unique martial arts philosophy.


The Grandmaster (2013)

The Grandmaster

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, this visually stunning film offers a different take on the life of Ip Man, focusing more on the romanticized aspects of his story and his relationships with fellow martial artists. Tony Leung portrays Ip Man in a mesmerizing performance.


Ip Man: The Final Fight - The Untold Story (2013)

Ip Man: The Final Fight - The Untold Story

A documentary that accompanies the film "Ip Man: The Final Fight," offering behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the movie and the historical context behind Ip Man's later years.


Ip Man and Four Kings (2022)

 Ip Man and Four Kings

This animated spinoff explores Ip Man's encounters with four legendary martial artists, each representing a different style of martial arts. Through these encounters, Ip Man learns valuable lessons and hones his skills as a martial artist.

From its inception to its various spinoffs and interpretations, the Ip Man film series has left an indelible mark on martial arts cinema, captivating audiences with its thrilling action sequences, rich historical backdrop, and poignant portrayal of one man's journey to become a legend.

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Where to watch as of March 2024



‘Ip Man’

Apple TV, Peacock, Netflix

‘Ip Man 2’


‘The Legend Is Born: Ip Man’

Disney+, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

‘Ip Man: The Final Fight’

Amazon Prime Video, Peacock

‘The Grandmaster’

Apple TV

‘Ip Man 3’

Peacock, Apple TV

‘Master Z: Ip Man Legacy’

Peacock, Apple TV

‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’

Apple TV

‘Ip Man and Four Kings’

N/A in West

‘Ip Man: Kung Fu Master’

Hulu, Apple TV

‘Ip Man: The Awakening’

Peacock, Apple TV

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