Movies like Ip Man

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Ip Man (2008)
 8.0
 205K
Ip Man (2008)
Original name: 葉問
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, uplifting, captivating, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, rough, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, human spirit, warrior, fist fighting, courage, kung fu, bravery, invasion, training, life is a bitch, culture clash, robbery, translator, patriotism, self defense, reward, morality, racism, sadist, foreigner, master, marketplace, rice, katana ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to Ip Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, stylized and realistic films with plots about martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, fight, rivalry and violence mostly in Action, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Ip Man: Fearless (2006), The Grandmaster (2013), Fist of Legend (1994), Once Upon a Time in China (1991), Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 94K
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the ...
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, fist fighting, warrior, contests and competitions, pride and honor, mentor, british, rivalry, translator, hopes, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 16K
Ip Man 4 (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ip Man 4 is an upcoming Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen ...
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, inspirational, uplifting, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, master warrior, human spirit, warrior, philosophy, mentor, fighting movie, martial arts, hand to hand combat, one man army, idealism, training ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 45K
Ip Man 3D (2015)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
Style: breathtaking, twists and turns, entertaining, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kung fu, fight scenes, martial arts, martial arts school, gang, mentor, mentor protege relationship, culture clash, gangs, love and romance, parents and children, protection ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: china, hong kong, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Featuring some of the most spectacular, innovative and explosive martial arts ever staged, The Legend Is Born is the remarkable true story of the early life of Ip Man, the formidable kung fu genius who would become Bruce Lee's mentor.Beginning ...
Style: sentimental, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, training, teacher, ambition, social differences, love and romance, fall in love, talented, heroic, rivalry, society ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 72K
Fearless (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, friendship, exile, martial arts tournament, patriotism, hopes, redemption, childhood, responsibility, warrior ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: china, asia, japan, shanghai, shanghai china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Grandmaster (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, kung fu master, heir heiress, rivalry, instructor, opponent, contests and competitions, vengeance, kung fu, loss of daughter, starvation ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: china, japan, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 22K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, kung fu classic, humiliation, folk hero, good versus evil, rage, occupation, uninhibited rivalry, duel, sword fight ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and American) plundering of China.
Style: epic, serious, realistic, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, tragic hero, school, culture clash, martial artist, adventure, heroic mission, righting the wronged, folk hero, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese who follow Western ways. Wong must also defend Dr. Sun Yat ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu master, kung fu, racism, hopes, heroes, idealism, rivalry, culture clash, revolution, righting the wronged ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time in China III (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.
Style: stylized, epic, serious, exciting, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu master, kung fu, culture clash, heroes, battles, master warrior, assassination, heroic mission, contests and competitions, good versus evil, rivalry ...
Place: china, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 171K
Hero (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, exciting, enigmatic ...
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ruler, sword fight, legendary, adventure, patriot, deception, tragic hero, fight for supremacy, power of love, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia ...
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, resistance, one man army, master warrior, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, vengeance, danger, vigilantism, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ambition, rivalry, heroes, teachers and students, instructor, power relations, graphic violence, contests and competitions, hand to hand combat, wing chun
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 43K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, exciting, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, war, martial arts, strategy, war hero, state affairs, siblings relations, danger, tragic hero, heroic mission, heroes, historical event ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 18K
Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: stylized, serious, epic, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: monk, martial arts, duel, shaolin monk, martial artist, state affairs, shaolin, dictatorship, political unrest, emperor, conquering, regret ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, serious, epic ...
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, sword, female warrior, romance, heroes, adventure, love and romance, strong female presence, warlord, fight, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Chinese Connection (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Chen Zhen returns to the international compound of China only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. This is compounded by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, vengeance, revenge, brutality, redemption, honor, tough guy, tragic hero, kung fu master, one man army, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 70s
Place: japan, china, asia, shanghai, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
Style: tense, exciting, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, shaolin, kung fu, master warrior, island, spy, drug lord, contests and competitions, tough heroes, fighting movie, good versus evil, strong man ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, usa, asia, china, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 10K
Kung Fu Killer (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A martial arts instructor working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, serial killer, police investigation, heroes, master warrior, psychopath, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, fight, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lost Bladesman (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country, general Cao Cao (Jiang Wen), the real power behind the Emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land, Guan Yu (Donnie Yen). However, ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, warlord, rivalry, martial arts, master warrior, love and romance, heroes, danger, forbidden love, military, war, poisoning ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape, and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin, kung fu, martial arts, patriotism, master warrior, monk, vengeance, rebellion, shaolin kung fu, ambition, murder, injustice ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 74K
Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, rivalry, sport, master warrior, underdog, heroes, revenge, ambition, contests and competitions, opponent, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Final Master (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Determined to pass down his art, the Final Master of Wing Chun is caught in a power struggle with malicious local officials and ultimately must choose between personal honor and his master’s dying wish.
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, tense
Plot: master warrior, martial arts training, martial arts school, kung fu, rivalry, battles, culture clash, training, wartime life, warrior, invasion, courage ...
Time: 1930s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: This film is a glimpse into the life, love and the unconquerable spirit of the legendary Bruce Lee. From a childhod of rigorous martial arts training, Lee realizes his dream of opening his own kung-fu school in America. Before long, he is discovered ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, captivating, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, filmmaking, bruce lee, american dream, training, rising to stardom, prodigy, haunted by the past, follow your dream, human spirit, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 60s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: hong kong, california, los angeles, asia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after World War II to become a fighter pilot but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, atrocity, world war two, heroes, fight for supremacy, contests and competitions, ambition, fall in love, love and romance, liberation, japanese occupation, fight ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.6
 434
Bloodfight (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Master martial artist Masahiro Kai is a shadow of the champion fighter and trainer he once was. After his protégé was slain in a no-holds-barred, underground fight by the incomparable Chang Lee, Kai slips into a numbing alcohol-induced stupor to ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battles, master warrior, hand to hand combat, vengeance, rivalry, military, tough heroes, battle zone, alcohol abuse, dangerous animal, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 662
Hapkido (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, kung fu, teachers and students, hopes, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, vigilantism, ambition, society ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: korea, china, asia, hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 13K
Dragon (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.
Style: stylized, serious, enigmatic, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, martial arts, village, crimes, danger, heroes, starting over, secrets, culture clash, violence, haunted by the past, hopes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 15K
Iron Monkey (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Iron Monkey is a Hong Kong variation of Robin Hood. Corrupt officials of a Chinese village are robbed by a masked bandit known as "Iron Monkey", named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Governor forces a traveling physician ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret identity, martial arts, kung fu, monk, heroes, master warrior, robin hood, undercover, righting the wronged, family relations, society, graphic violence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 97K
Unleashed (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Raised as a slave, Danny is used to fighting for his survival. In fact, his "master," Bart, thinks of him as a pet and goes as far as leashing him with a collar so they can make money in fight clubs, where Danny is the main contender. When ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, intense, emotional, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crimes, redemption, sadism, pianist, vengeance, haunted by the past, slavery, mob boss, friendship, rivalry, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, scotland, glasgow scotland, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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