22 user 52 critic

Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)

Yip Man: Jung gik yat zin (original title)
1:09 | Trailer
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 »


Herman Yau


Erica Li (screenplay) (as Erica Lee)
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Yip Man
Gillian Chung ... Chan Sei-mui
Jordan Chan ... Tang Shing
Eric Tsang ... Ng Chung
Marvel Chow Marvel Chow ... Wang Dong
Chuchu Zhou ... Jenny (as Zhou Chuchu)
Timmy Hung ... Leung Sheung
Luxia Jiang ... Le King
Xin Xin Xiong ... Local Dragon
Chun Ip Chun Ip ... Stall owner with phone
Anita Yuen ... Cheung Wing-Sing
Kai Chi Liu ... Lee Yiu-wah
Cho-Lam Wong ... Blind Chan
Jonathan Chee Hynn Wong ... Ngai Tong (as Jonathan Wong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Au-Yeung Leo Au-Yeung ... Fat Choi
Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Yu-Hang To, Yi Huang, Biao Yuen
Ip Man 3 (2015)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Xiong, Jin Zhang
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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
Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While keeping a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful foreigner.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh
Ip Man (2008)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Kung Fu master travels to the U.S. where his student has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins, Danny Kwok-Kwan Chan
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In 1950, a large number of martial artists entered Hong Kong to open a boxing gym. Among them, Ye Wen (Tang Wenlong) did not lose a reputation, causing the attention of Zheng Delong (Lin Fengyi), the owner of the Kowloon.

Director: Liwei Fu
Stars: Fengye Lin
Ip Man (TV Series 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Having been brought up in old traditional Foshan city, young Ip Man struggles to come to term with the ways of the modern Chinese city of Canton As the Northern and Southern Warlords ... See full summary »

Stars: Chrissie Chau, Kevin Cheng, Cecilia Han
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Charlie Yeung
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
Ong Bak 2 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts.

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Stars: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol


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 the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, he has no choice but to fight one last time ... Written by Emperor Motion Pictures

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Opening film for the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. See more »


When Ip Man arrives in Hong Kong in 1949, a Volkswagen Type 2 (aka Camper or Minibus) passes in front of him on the street. The first Type 2's were not produced until mid-November 1949 and the vehicle was not available for sale until 1950. See more »


Follows The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010) See more »


Arranged by Brother Hung
Composed by Joseph Koo
Lyrics by Tao Qin
Sung by Zhou Chuchu
[© Celestial Pictures Ltd
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Limited
International Rights Secured. All rights reserved.]
See more »

User Reviews

Alternately heartwarming, poignant and thrilling, this portrait of Ip Man's later to twilight years boasts an exceptionally nuanced performance by Anthony Wong
24 March 2013 | by moviexclusiveSee all my reviews

Is it too soon for yet another story based on the life of the legendary Wing Chun grandmaster? Well, seeing as how utterly disappointing Wong Kar Wai's version was, the answer is an empathetic yes. Here to revive hope that there is still much we have yet to see about Ip Man's life is Herman Yau's 'Ip Man: The Final Fight', a sequel of sorts to his much flashier predecessor 'Ip Man: The Legend is Born' that focuses on the character's middle to later years.

Like Donnie Yen's 'Ip Man 2', this one begins in 1949 as Ip Man (Anthony Wong) arrives in Hong Kong from Foshan to settle into a humble room on the roof of a three-storey shophouse. Thanks to a chance encounter with martial arts enthusiast Leung Sheung (Timmy Hung, better known as son of Sammo Hung), Ip gains a small following of working-class individuals to start a makeshift Wing Chun school without needing to go against his nature to advertise his craft.

It might seem like a motley crew – including a policeman (Jordan Chan), a seamstress and union activist (Jiang Luxia), a waitress at a dim-sum restaurant (Gillian Chung), a prison officer (Marvel Chow) and a tram driver – but there's no denying their passion to learn, and at least at the start, how close-knit a group they make. Yet the circumstances then don't make it any easier for Ip nor for his students, and it is from casting the fates of Ip and his disciples against a constantly evolving but always tumultuous Hong Kong in the 1950s to 1970s that Yau's film truly comes alive.

Similarities to Alex Law's 'Echoes of the Rainbow' are not unjustified, since Yau clearly evokes the same sense of nostalgia for the period during which the former was also set. Expertly weaving several disparate themes, screenwriter Erica Li deftly paints a vivid picture of a colony rocked by tensions between the unions and their companies, infighting between the various martial arts schools, corruption of the local police and most importantly, the struggle of ordinary folk to make ends meet and provide for their family.

Li draws on these real-life historical contexts to delineate the fates of Ip and his disciples, in particular that of Tang Sing (Chan) and Wong Tung (Chow). Among the disciples, Tang Sing's character is the most fully-fleshed, depicted as a good man caught in a moral crisis between following his conscience (as Ip advises) and the temptations of power and money in his position of authority. Tang's choice to side with the infamous kingpin named Dragon (Xiong Xin Xin) behind many of the illegal activities taking place inside the notorious Kowloon Walled City inevitably entwines Wong Tung, and by extension the entire Ip Man clan that culminates in the titular showdown.

That finale is but one of four thrilling action setpieces, and easily the most gripping and exhilarating one. First within the confines of an illegal boxing ring in a warehouse and then along the exterior windswept alley battered by the onslaught of an imminent typhoon, action choreographers Li Chung Chi and Checkley Sin let the climactic fight between Ip Man and Dragon play out – the joy here not solely being from seeing veteran martial arts actor Xiong Xin Xin show off his impressive moves, but also from how Anthony Wong's one-year training in Wing Chun has truly paid off. Of course, that is also apparent from the earlier sequences, in particular one in which Ip Man squares off in a friendly closed-door bout with rival 'White Crane' master Ng Chun (comedian Eric Tsang in a fantastic cameo that shows off his agility quite certainly honed from his former days as a stuntman).

Besides demonstrating a facet of Anthony Wong's acting repertoire that is rarely seen (fun fact – the man is a dedicated practitioner of the 'Monkey Fist' style), this portrayal of Ip Man also benefits from the dramatic skills of arguably one of the best actors in Hong Kong cinema today. While Tony Leung's was just like any other of his from other Wong Kar Wai collaborations and Donnie Yen's was probably more stagey than who Ip Man was in real life, Wong's depiction is – we dare say – the most nuanced that captures both the man's humble dispositions and his internal struggles.

The latter is also thanks to a multi-layered script that doesn't just dwell on the aspects of Ip Man's life that pertain to his martial artistry, but also his personal life in relation to his wife Yong Cheng (Anita Yuen) and his son (Mainland actor Zhang Song Wen). The first Ip Man film so far to pay due attention to what must have been one of his greatest regrets spending the large part of his postwar years apart from wife and son, it just as poignantly reveals his gentle affection for a Shanghainese songstress Jenny (Zhou Chuchu) - despite the veiled objections of his students - that again finds closure in death. Wong is absolutely brilliant in these intimate moments of Ip Man's life, and it's hard to imagine a more befitting actor here to play the role.

In choosing to illuminate the less ostentatious but more relatable characteristics of Ip Man's twilight years, Yau's film truly stands apart from the other four films that have come before it. Less concerned about the legend than the Man behind it, 'Ip Man: The Final Fight' is the most heartfelt one yet about him, with an assured and sensitive directorial hand from Yau guiding a well-written script and a terrific lead performance by Anthony Wong as well as fine supporting acts from Jordan Chan, Eric Tsang and Chuchu. Even though it doesn't have Donnie Yen's star power or the marquee names of Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung, this is a beautiful film that offers a well-balanced perspective of Ip Man's later years against the rich backdrop of post-World War II Hong Kong

31 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Hong Kong



Release Date:

28 March 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ip Man 4: The Final Fight See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,514, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed