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Ip Man 2 (2010)

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Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director:

Wilson Yip

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Cast

Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Ip Man
Xiaoming Huang ... Wong Shun-Leung
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Master Hung Chun-Nam
Lynn Xiong ... Cheung Wing-Sing (as Lynn Hung)
Kent Cheng ... Fatso
Darren Shahlavi ... Mr. Miller / Twister
Yu-Hang To ... Cheng Wai-Kei
Charles Mayer Charles Mayer ... Superintendent Wallace
Ka-nin Ngo ... Leung Kan
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ... Chow Kong-Yiu
Siu-Wong Fan ... Jin Shan Zhao / Kam Shan-Chau
Simon Yam ... Chow Ching-Chuen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian 'Kang' Bachini ... Twister Supporter (as Christian Bachini)
Brian Thomas Burrell ... Emcee
Li Chak Li Chak ... Yip Chun (as Li Ze)
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Storyline

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 jck movies

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

29 April 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,057, 30 January 2011

Gross USA:

$205,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,089,448
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yu-Hang To, who played the character of Hu Wei in this film, played the character of Ip Man in The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Landlady: Still no students?
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Exciting action sequences marred by weak third segment
13 May 2010 | by Akira-36See all my reviews

Ip Man 2 contains top-notch action sequences from the beginning to the end. It is a befitting sequel that is almost on par with the first movie.

However, it is unfortunate that some of the action scenes rely too much on wire-works. The battle between the masters for example, was inventive but a bit on the fantastical side. Looking back at the first movie, all of the best action sequences were much more grounded in realistic portrayal, as the Wing Chun style looks good in this manner.

It was good to see some cool style vs style fights though, as we get to see Animal Style, Baguazhang and Hung Gar vs. Wing Chun. A friend and I were wondering though if it'd be more accurate to present Preying Mantis, Taiji and Choy Li Fut in the mix as these styles are well established in Hong Kong.

In terms of plot, Ip Man 2 transitions nicely from the first movie, where we get to follow Ip Man as he establishes and propagates Wing Chun in Hong Kong after escaping Communist persecution in 1949. A fact that was obscured by making the character look like he's escaping the Japanese Army instead. No doubt this is a marketing ploy to make sure the movie would not upset the powers-that-be in China.

And like the first movie, Ip Man 2 takes liberty with many facts and plot to condense the essence of Ip Man's characters and what he stood for. It is interesting to note that little is mentioned about his sibling and extended family who helped him in some capacity during this difficult period of time. One of his first pupils was loosely based on a real-life counterpart, the late Master Wong Shung Leung. In Ip Man's old life, he'd often send Wong to successfully answer challenges.

Sammo Hung has delivered yet another amazing feat with choreographing this movie, despite his declining health during production.

My biggest disappointment has to do with the blatant stereotype and one-dimensional characterization of the British colonists and the Twister character. It's a lazy writing that may excite a certain segment in the Chinese market, but in my eyes this serves only to bring down the movie to B-grade martial art flicks of bygone era. There's no denying the populist appeal of this method considering the main target market.

All in all, this has been a fun movie to watch, and I hope the prequel will be as fun, if not more mature in its storytelling.


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