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This review says no. While, during the war, Ip Man did indeed refuse to teach his martial arts to the military police of the occupying Japanese - a decision which eventually forced him to flee Foshan - he certainly never had, let alone won, a duel with a Japanese general (played in the film by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi). They do not cite a source for that ...


No doubt the history of YIP man is very different with that shown in the movie IP Man. The film loosely portrayed his life. There are lots of historical inaccuracies in the movie. Like you asked about the duel, Wiki states it never happened. Another movie review also seconds this fact: After witnessing repeated Japanese brutality, Man decides that he ...

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