Kung Fu sensation, Donnie Yen, returns as martial arts legend, Ip Man, in the most anticipated martial arts movie event of the year. Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan (Sammo Hung). However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister (Darren Shahlavi), to humiliate the Chinese people, the masters quickly forget their differences. Soon, the eyes of the nation are on the one man capable of securing a victory-Grandmaster Ip Man! One of the biggest Chinese blockbusters in recent history, Ip Man 2 elevates martial arts fight choreography to new heights of excellence and delivers more excitement than ever before!
Of its type it's pretty good
- Ip Man 2 review by RP
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Ip Man is best known as the Hong Kong kung fu master who trained Bruce Lee, the martial arts actor. Ip Man 2 is the second pseudo-biographical film about the life and times of Ip Man. I describe it as 'pseudo' because great liberties with his life have been taken in this pair of films.
The first film, 'Ip Man' tells of Ip's life in Foshan, China, under Japanese occupation in the 1930-1940s during the 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Of the two films, 'Ip Man' is in my opinion the better and should definitely be viewed before 'Ip Man 2'. Although stylised – it's the nature of kung fu films – with fights between proponents of different martial art styles and a duel between Ip Man and the local Japanese commander (a baddie, of course) there is some character development. But it's along the lines of 'Ip Man good and gentle until provoked, Japanese bad'. At the end of the film, Ip Man is wounded by the Japanese and leaves Foshan for Hong Kong. In fact, he did not leave China until 1949 after the Communist takeover.
Anyway, the action in 'Ip Man 2' takes place in Hong Kong, where the impoverished Mr Ip tries to support his family by (of course) starting a martial arts school. First he has to assert his prowess against the local kung fu masters, then against the British, the then rulers of Hong Kong. And (of course) similar to the first film it's 'Ip Man good and gentle until provoked, British bad'.
I have to say that of its type it's pretty good, although some scenes are just silly – the battle against 50+ cleaver wielding locals using a pallet as a shield is worthy of a Jackie Chan film, and there is unnecessary wire work in the duel with Hung. However, the climactic fight against British boxer Taylor 'The Twister' Milos is pretty good stuff. Now, if only all the nasty, corrupt, upper class Brits weren't so stereotyped... 4/5 stars.
Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan
Making of 4 Big Scenes - with Kenneth Mak & Wilson Yip
The Wing Chun Connection - Cine Asia World Exclusive
Wing Chun in Action - Cine Asia World Exclusive
Legacy of the Master - Cine Asia World Exclusive
This disc includes the main feature.
This disc includes the special features:
- Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan
- Trailer Gallery
- Shooting Diary
- Making of 4 Big Scenes - with Kenneth Mak & Wilson Yip
- Deleted Scene
- Gala Premiere
- Interviews Gallery
- The Wing Chun Connection - Cine Asia World Exclusive
- Wing Chun in Action - Cine Asia World Exclusive
- Legacy of the Master - Cine Asia World Exclusive