Ip Man: Kung Fu Master with Dennis To

IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTER is an action/drama martial arts film. It is a film by Li Liming. 


Dennis To as Ip Man
Yuan Li Ruoxin as Qingchuan
Tong Xiaohu
Yue Dongfeng
Chang Qinyuan as Cheung Wing-sing
Zhao Xiaoguang
Ren Yu
Michael Wong as San Ye

This is the third time Dennis To played the role.  Other films include 2010’s Ip Man: The Legend is born (directed by Herman Yau), and 2018’s Kung Fu League (directed by Jeff Lau).


The film goes back to Ip’s early days before the Communist Revolution in 1949. Ip, portrayed by Dennis To for the third time as the martial artist who famously tutored Bruce Lee, was then a police captain who was framed for the murder of a ruthless but honorable mobster and targeted for vengeance by his dangerous daughter.  Forced to quit the force, Ip soon also has to contend with the arrival of the Japanese army in Guangzhou.

Director Li Liming discusses the film

The film embodies the word “confrontation.” The protagonist Ip Man struggles with himself and fights against evil forces, creating a person who stands up in times of national crisis, does not fear sacrifice, does what is right, and safeguards national dignity and national interests. The image of a real warrior. The film is not only a patriotic film, but it also arouses the audience’s thinking about faith, through the problems that Ip encounters on the road of life and martial arts. There is some philosophy in the excitement.

Cast member Dennis To discusses his role in the film

This my second time playing the role.  But this time, Ip Man is also the “Black Knight,” which made me look forward to making the film even more. After I got the script, I pondered over and over again. This time I was able to bring to the role of Ip Man not only a higher level of Wing Chun skill but also a deeper level of interpretation.

Release date

The movie will be available on December 23, 2019.

The film will also be available On Demand via Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, FandangoNOW, DirecTV, and more on March 9 throughout the United States

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