Ip Man 2

Ip Man 2

Wilson Yip (2010)

103min
15 Certificate
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Donnie Yen returns as the unflappable martial arts master in this sequel that's very much a film of two halves. It opens promisingly, detailing Master Ip's efforts to set up his wing chun school in Hong Kong, a task beset by financial hardships, rival academies and the impetuousness of his loyal but unruly students. But the interesting set-up then descends into a pantomime that's reminiscent of Rocky IV, as it falls to Ip to defend the honour of Chinese martial arts against a boorish British boxer, the incongruously named Twister (Darren Shahlavi). The cartoonish villainy of the westerners is so laughable that it renders such early action highlights as a fish-market brawl and thrilling table-top initiation contest (with the tempting face-off between Yen and Sammo Hung, who takes the Apollo Creed role to Yen's Rocky) as distant memories from a different and much better film. The impeccable production values and dynamic action choreography are all there, but it's a shame that the man who fostered the extraordinary talent of Bruce Lee should be remembered in such ultimately formulaic fashion.

Summary

A skilled martial artist leaves his Chinese homeland for Hong Kong in 1949, where he hopes to pass on his talents. His distinctive approach makes him enemies among both local fighters and Westerners, and he is ultimately forced to prove his worth in a tournament. Fact-based drama sequel, starring Donnie Yen and Lynn Hung. In Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Cast & Crew

Ip Man Donnie Yen
Master Hong Chun Nam Sammo Hung
Wong Leung Huang Xiaoming
Cheung Wing Sing Xiong Dai Lin
Fatso Kent Cheng
Chow Ching Chuen Simon Yam
Chow Kong Yiu Calvin Cheng
Kam Shan Chau Fan Siu-wong
Twister Darren Shahlavi
Superintendant Wallace Charles Mayer
Director Wilson Yip
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Other Information

Language: Cantonese, English +subtitles Colour Guidance: Violence.

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