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FUNimation Nabs ‘The Legend is Born – Ip Man’

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FUNimation Entertainment today announced it will be distributing the 2010 prequel to the successful IP MAN franchise, THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN, in the U.S.

The studio has acquired the theatrical, home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandising rights to the live action martial arts drama from Atrium Productions.

A semi-biographical film based on the early life events of Wing Chun master Yip Man, famous for mentoring Bruce Lee, is helmed by director Herman Yau and stars Dennis To in the title role.

THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN also features a fight between martial arts legends Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao and an appearance by 86-year-old Ip Chun, Ip Man’s real life son, as one of the wing chun master’s mentors and who acted as an advisor to the film.

FUNimation Entertainment will offer the film on DVD and Blu-ray late this year following a theatrical release.

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