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,
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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 co-starred 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 twenty 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 »
Ip Man 2 is a huge step backwards from the original Ip Man. It lacks the compelling drama and the excellent characterizations that made the first film so successful. Instead, the filmmakers decided to focus a little more on the action and it shows as the fight scenes here are a lot more over-the-top and fantastical this time around. But is it a still a good movie? Let's take a look, shall we?
First, let's take a look at the story. The story here... just isn't too great. I'm not going to do a plot synopsis since this is IMDb so you can easily find it on this site. Besides, you've probably already seen this film. But the story here is just too far-fetched and exaggerated. Sammo Hung's disciples in this movie feel like comic-book villains because they are so ridiculously violent and meat-headed, it's ridiculous! I know that you need villains in a kung-fu movie but these guys are just ridiculous! But surprisingly, they aren't the most over-the-top thing about this movie. There's an English boxer named Twister in this movie who is our main antagonist and he is so over-the-top, so cartoonish, it's downright racist! This is another one of those martial arts movies where it paints Chinese people as good and English people as scum. It's really sad how this movie goes back to all these kung-fu movie clichés that the first film avoided.
There's also a billion sub-plots here that don't have any real purpose. Ip Man's wife is pregnant, Ip Man's business friend got shot in the head so he now has amnesia, Ip Man's teenager friend becomes a hit in writing newspaper, Ip Man's former enemy has now settled down and became a new man etc. These sub-plots are just random and they don't add much to the film so I have no fricking idea why they are even here.
There are a few things I like about this story, though. I like how proactive Ip Man is now since he learned his lesson about using his martial arts for good in the first film. I like how Sammo Hung's character isn't one-dimensional. He's a bit of a jerk but we also see him slowly learn to accept Ip Man so there is something that's refreshing about his character. There's also a really cool Bruce Lee cameo at the end of the film.
The acting is pretty good here with the exception of Darren Shahlavi as Twister who's just hamming up his performance to absurd degrees.
Lastly, the fight choreography is probably the best of all the Ip Man films. Here, Ip Man is in a lot more danger than he was in the first film. He gets attacked by 20 people with knives, he fights Sammo Hung who is probably the most equal of all his opponents, and he fights Twister who is probably his most dangerous foe yet. Yes, even more dangerous than the Japanese general in the first film.
Overall, it's not a very good story but it has some good performances, amazing fight choreography, and it's pretty entertaining. It's not a must-watch but if it's on television or Netflix, I'd say check it out. I'm gonna give it a 5/10.
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