Ip Man (TV series)
|Genre||Biographical romance, period, martial arts|
|Written by||Charcoal Tan
|Directed by||Fan Xiaotian
|Presented by||Fan Xiaotian|
|Opening theme||Ye Wen Shuang Tian (葉問霜天) performed by Tu Honggang|
|Ending theme||Yi Wen Zai Wen (一問再問) performed by Han Xue|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Executive producer(s)||Bu Yu
|Running time||45 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Suzhou Funa Films and Television|
|Original channel||Shandong TV|
|Original run||24 February 2013– 9 March 2013|
Ip Man is a 2013 Chinese television series romanticising the life of Ip Man (Mandarin: Ye Wen), a Chinese martial artist specialising in Wing Chun. Directed by Fan Xiaotian, the series starred Hong Kong actor Kevin Cheng as the titular character, with Han Xue, Liu Xiaofeng, Chrissie Chau, Song Yang, Yu Rongguang, Yuen Wah and Bruce Leung as part of the supporting cast. Wilson Yip, the director of the films Ip Man and Ip Man 2 (starring Donnie Yen), and Taiwanese producer Young Pei-pei served as the artistic consultants for the series, while Ip Man's sons, Ip Chun and Ip Ching, served as the martial arts consultants. The series was shot from July–November 2012 in Kunshan, Suzhou, and was first aired on Shandong TV from 24 February to 9 March 2013. It won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Television Series in 2012.
- Kevin Cheng as Ye Wen
- Zhou Jianan as Ye Wen (young)
- Han Xue as Zhang Yongcheng
- Liu Xiaofeng as Lin Qingshan
- Zang Zhizhong as Lin Qingshan (young)
- Chrissie Chau as Jenny
- Song Yang as Si
- Han Zhenhua as Ye Wen's father
- Zhang Ruijia as Ye Wen's mother
- Chen Hongjin as Ye Zhun
- Yu Rongguang as Yu Fengjiu
- Yuen Wah as Chen Huashun
- Bruce Leung as Liang Bi
- Bryan Leung as Master Hong
- Jiang Kai as Fu Zhengyun
- Yu Hai as Tong Zhanpeng
- Kou Zhenhai as Zhang Yintang
- Pu Chaoying as landlady
- Liu Yajin as postman
- Liu Xianchen as Zhang Yongsheng
- Yuan Bing as Qiu Jianyun
- Xu Xiangdong as Jiang Sheng
- Li Qingxiang as Lu Changyi
- Liu Hailong as Yan Chunlai
- Wang Weiguo as Marshal Zhu
- Mou Fengbin as Guimen Longyi / Guimen Long'er
- Yu Yankai as Brother Lu
- Yang Qianli as Yan Dong
- Zhou Zhong as Mo Renchao
There was fierce competition among many companies over the rights to the production of a television series about Ip Man since Wilson Yip's movies Ip Man and Ip Man 2 (starring Donnie Yen) came into the limelight. Around June 2012, Suzhou Funa Films and Television acquired the rights to produce the television series. Fan Xiaotian, who previously directed many Chinese television series, was selected as the director, while Hong Kong screenwriter Charcoal Tan was chosen to write the script. Wilson Yip and Taiwanese producer Young Pei-pei served as artistic consultants while Ip Man's sons, Ip Chun and Ip Ching, were invited to be martial arts consultants for the series.
After the release of Ip Man, BBC UKChina conducted a telephone interview with Fan Xiaotian about the television series. Fan mentioned that the earlier Ip Man films were too short, and that his purpose in creating the television series was to present a more developed and lively story about Ip Man which allows audiences to explore the character in greater depth. He also felt it was a very opportune time to produce a television series about Ip Man because Wilson Yip's Ip Man movies were very successful and influential, and also because Wong Kar-wai was making The Grandmaster when Ip Man (TV series) was in production.
Fan Xiaotian and Young Pei-pei were keen on recruiting actor Vincent Zhao, who has a background in martial arts, to play the lead character. Taking some netizens' opinions and suggestions into account, the production team also considered casting Han Geng, Wu Chun, Wallace Chung and Wallace Huo in the series. However, the role of Ip Man eventually went to Hong Kong TVB artiste Kevin Cheng, who previously appeared as a young Ip Man in the 2013 film Ip Man: The Final Fight (starring Anthony Wong). Han Xue was chosen to portray Ip Man's wife Cheung Wing-sing (Mandarin: Zhang Yongcheng). Other cast members include Liu Xiaofeng, Chrissie Chau, Yu Rongguang, Yuen Wah, Bruce Leung, Song Yang and Kou Zhenhai.
|China||Shandong TV||24 February – 9 March 2013|
|Malaysia||Astro On Demand||11 March – 17 May 2013|
|Australia||TVBJ||12 March 2013 –|
|Hong Kong||Drama 2||10 June 2013 –|
|Singapore||VV Drama||20 July 2013 –|
|China||Sichuan TV||1–25 August 2013|
|China||Guizhou TV||1–25 August 2013|
|China||Henan TV||1–25 August 2013|
|China||Xinjiang TV||1–25 August 2013|
|China||CCTV-1||19 August 2013 –|
|South Korea||AsiaN||11 September 2013 –|
|Taiwan||ETTV Movie||11 January 2014 –|
|China||Shaanxi TV||12 May 2014 –|
|Thailand||TrueAsia||5 October 2014 –|
|Hong Kong||HD Jade||TVB Sales Presentation 2014|
- "趙文卓或出演葉問 [Vincent Zhao may portray Ip Man]" (in Chinese). Sina.com. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "楊佩佩版《葉問傳》屬意趙文卓 考慮辦網絡海選 [Young Pei-pei keen on recruiting Vincent Zhao for Ip Man and is also considering holding online auditions]" (in Chinese). 大紀元 (EpochTimes.com). 27 March 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "電視劇《葉問》殺青鄭嘉穎笑言需要休息 [Shooting for Ip Man television series ends. Kevin Cheng laughs and says he needs to rest.]" (in Chinese). Sina.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "電視劇《葉問》歐洲播出，「愚公移山」打入主流 [Ip Man television series is released in Europe, 'when there's a will there's a way' spirit breaks into mainstream culture]" (in Chinese). BBC UKChina. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "鄭嘉穎韓雪電視劇《葉問》再現武俠情侶(圖) [Kevin Cheng and Han Xue portray a martial arts couple in Ip Man television series (pictured)]" (in Chinese). Sina.com. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013.