Ip Man (TV series)

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Ip Man
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Poster
Traditional葉問
Simplified叶问
MandarinYè Wèn
CantoneseJip6 Man6
GenreBiographical romance, period, martial arts
Written byCharcoal Tan
Fan Xiaotian
Zhu Yili
Ren Sha
Directed byFan Xiaotian
Zheng Wei
Hu Kai
Presented byFan Xiaotian
StarringKevin Cheng
Han Xue
Liu Xiaofeng
Chrissie Chau
Song Yang
Yu Rongguang
Yuen Wah
Bruce Leung
Opening themeYe Wen Shuang Tian (葉問霜天) performed by Tu Honggang
Ending themeYi Wen Zai Wen (一問再問) performed by Han Xue
Composer(s)Dai Fang
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
Cantonese
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)Bu Yu
Chen Hua
Bai Fangcen
Wang Shaochun
Xu Dongliang
Zhu Lihua
Yang Zhuoxing
Charcoal Tan
Wei Ji
Producer(s)Qin Ping
Wu Tao
Chen Qianyi
Chen Xi
Su Ying
Zhao Lei
Yang Fangfang
Jiang Haochen
Liu Yanfang
Xu Zhen
Production location(s)China
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Suzhou Funa Films and Television
DistributorTVB
Release
Original networkShandong TV
Original release24 February (2013-02-24) – 9 March 2013 (2013-03-09)

Ip Man is a 2013 Chinese television series romanticizing 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 title 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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

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.[1][2]

Shooting for Ip Man began in July 2012[1] and finalized in around November.[3]

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.[4]

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.[1][2] 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.[5]

In September 2012, the cast and crew of Ip Man appeared at a publicity event in Suzhou to promote the television series.[5]

Broadcasts[edit]

Region Network Date(s)
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 True4U 5 October 2014 –
Hong Kong HD Jade TVB Sales Presentation 2014
Indonesia Trans7 20 July – 11 September 2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "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.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "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.

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