Ip Man

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Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong martial arts film starring Donnie Yen as the title character, the martial artist who eventually becomes the master of Bruce Lee. The film revolves around Ip Man's time in Foshan during the Japanese occupation of China. Ip Man is only an indirect biography and takes a lot of creative licenses in portraying the events around his time there. Donnie Yen would return in the 2010 sequel Ip Man 2 and Ip Man 3, the third film in the series, was released in 2015.

The following weapons were used in the film Ip Man:


Warnant Revolver

Li Zhao's (Gordon Lam Ka-tung) weapon during his time as a police officer appears to be a Warnant Revolver. If one goes by the scene of Ip Man (Donnie Yen) knocking the cylinder out of the weapon frame by frame, one can see that it is connected to a wire, which was used to quickly pull it out of the revolver.

Warnant Revolver
Li Zhao (Gordon Lam Ka-tung) proudly boasts that firearms are superior to martial arts, his Warnant in hand.
Ip Man grabs the revolver.
Li Zhao holds his revolver.
Here you can clearly see the wire...
... and there the cylinder goes, a technical impossibility.

Nambu Type 14

The sidearm of the Japanese Colonel Sato (Shibuya Tenma) is a Nambu Type 14 pistol. It is used twice throughout the film. First to shoot a fighter after an arena match, the second time during the climax. Note that the gun in the film has a fully-rounded trigger guard unlike the one in the image below. In several scenes, a rubber prop was used in place of the real Nambu Type 14.

Early model Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Close-up of Sato's (Shibuya Tenma) Nambu Type 14 pistol.
Sato (Shibuya Tenma) holds Ip Man (Donnie Yen) at gunpoint with a rubber Nambu Type 14. Note the low level of detail, specifically the lack of a front sight.
Li Zhao (Gordon Lam Ka-tung) struggles with Sato (Shibuya Tenma) over the Nambu Type 14.

Arisaka Type 38

The primary weapon of all Japanese soldiers is the Arisaka Type 38 rifle.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Japanese soldiers hold back Chow Ching-chuen (Simon Yam) and his factory workers.
Japanese soldiers point their Arisaka Type 38 rifles at Ip Man (Donnie Yen).

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