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Need help identifying a kung fu trilogy I watched a few years ago.

The plot is like this: There is a very poor chinese kung fu master working at a coal station. I don't really remeber what happens in the fisrt movie, but in the second movie he gets some kind of apartament in a city and teaches a student how to fight against some gang members. In the third film, an american boxer claims that he is stronger than any chinese master, and launches a challange: anyone who could win him in the ring would win.

Any idea which movie is this?

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For such martial arts related movie questions, try to guess the era the movie is playing in, like middle ages, early 20th century, etc. Since there's some boxer, I'd assume early 20th century? – Mario Jun 20 '14 at 9:04
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Sounds like Ip Man.

This series falls in line with what you've said very well. The version I saw on Netflix was subtitled. In the first movie, Ip Man was forced to fight a Japanese commander who though he was the man ... Ip proved him wrong. In the second movie, Ip man moves to the city with his wife where he starts a studio and teaches young people on the roof of his building. In it he has to prove himself to the other schools to gain respect. I haven't seen the third movie, but I did see the prequel which was about his early life growing up. These are loosely based on the life of a real man who was actually one of Bruce Lee's teachers. Great movies, btw.

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Interesting, didn't know they're (loosely) based on someone real. Only saw one or two of the movies, but I think there's actually a fourth already? – Mario Jun 20 '14 at 9:05
@Mario ... Yes, I believe four is right, but not quite sure. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 20 '14 at 16:34
Yeah, that's correct. And, in fact, the movies I's thinking about doesn't form a trilogy. In my mind I separated the second movie in two, so it's not actually a trilogy =]. – EuAndreh Aug 28 '14 at 0:31

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