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Ip Man 2
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May 3, 2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Wilson Yip

Actors:
Donnie Yen
Sammo Hung

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After fleeing the Japanese occupation of China during the Second World War, Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man (Donnie Yen) finds himself penniless in Hong Kong, with a pregnant wife, and a young son to support. He decides to open a Wing Chun academy, but the rival schools- dismissive of his technique, wont allow him to practice in peace, and begin harassing his students. In order to be allowed to teach his technique, Ip Man must face Hung Gar Master Hung Jan Nam (Sammo Hung) in a duel. Meanwhile, Ip Man also has a date in the ring with a Twister (Darren Shalavi), a psychotic Western boxer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was luckyu enough to see both IP MAN films on the big screen at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Both were excellent, old-school martial arts flicks, telling the (fictionalized) story of Bruce Lee's sifu, Ip Man. Both films were great, with the slight edge going to IP MAN 2 for superior fight scenes. As per my initial Fantasia review:

" One of my favorite films to play at Fantasia last year was IP MAN, a Chinese bio-pic detailing the early life of the famed Grandmaster, who, in his later years, became famous for being Bruce Lees teacher. That film dealt mostly with the Japanese occupation of China during WW2, and this one picks up right where it left off.

In many parts of Asia, IP MAN 2 was a box office sensation, with it even out grossing IRON MAN 2 in several territories. Its amazing box office success has finally minted Donnie Yen as a superstar in Asia, which is long overdue, as hes been making great Kung Fu flicks for twenty years.

Al things considered, IP MAN 2 is about on par with the first film. Action wise, this destroys it, with huge, elaborate fight scenes breaking out every five minutes or so. This is Yens fifth collaboration with director Wilson Yip (who did the first IP MAN, as well as DRAGON TIGER GATE, the awesome SPL/KILL ZONE, and FLASHPOINT). Yip does an incredible job here shooting the action, and Western directors should study his films closely to see how fight scenes are meant to be shot- provided they have as skilled a performer as Yen at their disposal.

One of the big selling points is that IP MAN 2 features Yens long-awaited big screen rematch with the legendary Sammo Hung- who he battled ferociously in SPL. In that regard, this is a bit o a disappointment, as they really only have one brief (but excellent) bout that has no clear winner. After that, they become allies; which is a bit of a cheat- but considering how hard it would have been to top SPL, maybe it was a good move after all.
The big duel here is between Yen, and the Western Boxer- who trumps Yen in terms of size and upper body strength. In a neat twist, Yens not allowed to use his legs during the final bout, so the fight becomes a desperate and bloody one. That fixes my main problem with the first film; that Yen was too invincible. Here, he takes more than his share of lumps, and the fights are much more exciting.

Where this film comes up short is in the story department. Ip Man fighting the Japanese occupation was more intriguing. Here, we get the old clichd my kung-fu is better than yours for half the film, before it abruptly becomes a beat-by-beat remake of ROCKY IV- with one of Yens pals getting beaten to death by the freakishly strong opponent. Theres even a rousing everybody can change speech towards the end, which I suppose was meant to offset the outrageous broad, evil white man stereotypes that pervade the film. "
THE EXTRAS
This two-disc DVD is pretty stocked with extras, including deleted scenes , featurettes , and a production diary .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Whatever problems I had with the storyline, IP MAN 2 still entertained the hell out of me, and for action it cant be beat. While I would have loved a more compelling plot, its still a great kung-fu flick, and one of a number of quality kung-fu flicks Donnie Yen's been putting out over the last few years. Hopefully his reign will continue!
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9:29AM on 05/03/2011
I liked Ip Man 2 but not as much as part 1. The Rocky IV ending lost points for me, and to no fault of the film, the copy I saw had awful subtitles so that also hurt my enjoyment of it but, great fights and aside from the derivative final act, it was another cool martial arts flick from Donnie Yen.
I liked Ip Man 2 but not as much as part 1. The Rocky IV ending lost points for me, and to no fault of the film, the copy I saw had awful subtitles so that also hurt my enjoyment of it but, great fights and aside from the derivative final act, it was another cool martial arts flick from Donnie Yen.
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12:04PM on 05/03/2011
Just bought this blu-ray yesterday. Awesome movie, while not quite up to the standards of the 1st one its still one of the greatest martial arts films Ive ever seen. Agree totally with teh Rocky IV analysis, was pretty predictable but still the fighting is above anything else out there.
Just bought this blu-ray yesterday. Awesome movie, while not quite up to the standards of the 1st one its still one of the greatest martial arts films Ive ever seen. Agree totally with teh Rocky IV analysis, was pretty predictable but still the fighting is above anything else out there.
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