During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into ... See full summary »
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong,
Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. Written by
Darren Shahlavi who costars as Twister in the film, has been a fan of Hong Kong cinema since a boy and even attended a seminar for film fighting by Donnie Yen 20 years ago in London, England. See more »
In the final fight, the announcer's microphone appears to be a modern condenser microphone. The film takes place in the 1950's. See more »
Incredible action, but doesn't have the heart of the original film
Ip Man might just be my favorite martial arts film of all time. It's the only martial arts film I've ever given a perfect score and that's mainly due to the film having an intriguing storyline that compliments its jaw dropping action sequences. The only flaws the film really seemed to have was that it eventually had to end and basically left its audience wanting more. That's where the desire for a sequel came in.
While Ip Man 2 was able to establish the same atmosphere of the original film, it wasn't quite able to capture your heart the way like the first film did. That's mainly because the story isn't as enthralling. Ip Man is attempting to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong where he has to deal with defeating all of the masters in the area if he wishes to teach kung-fu there. On top of that, Yip Man has to deal with a champion western boxer who doesn't respect Chinese boxing. The struggle to show the world that Wing Chun is a respectable martial art seems to take a back seat to less important plot points, which makes the sequel feel weaker than its counterpart.
However, Ip Man 2 still delivers a solid and entertaining action film. Any scene in the film featuring Sammo Hung is gold. In fact, the sole reason to see Ip Man 2 is for Hung's match with Donnie Yen. If you've seen S.P.L.: Killzone, then you already have an idea of how epic a match between these two can be. After viewing Ip Man 2, the Hung/Yen match will be the thing viewers remember most and for good reason.
Ip Man 2 doesn't sweep you off your feet and smack you in the face quite as hard as its predecessor, but it's still very worthy of carrying the 'Ip Man' name and a joy to watch. If you enjoyed the hard-hitting action of the original film, then you'll have no problem being entertained by this sequel.
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