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Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)

Yip Man: Jung gik yat zin (original title)
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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 »

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Herman Yau

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

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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
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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

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

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Trivia

Ip Man's son, Ip Chun, makes a short cameo in the movie. Appearing when Ip Man was telephoned about his wife died. See more »

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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 »

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

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Ping Shui Xiang Feng
Composed by Yao Nin
Lyrics by Yang Yan Qi
Sung by Wu Ying Yin
[OP: EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
License courtesy of EMI Music Hong Kong, admin by Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd]
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A Nutshell Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight
31 March 2013 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Herman Yau's films have got its bragging rights, having Ip Man's own son Ip Chun involved with the production, not only in making cameo appearances, but providing story input to paint a more dramatic picture of the subject. And it couldn't get more authentic than this, even with artistic license obviously taken at some points. And if you were to extrapolate them, then you'd see shades of the rest of the other films that seem to tangent off important plot points. Things such as underground fighting rings, corrupt cops, battling with other grandmasters, setting up shop, and tales of rash disciples all have its air time here as well, and this one offered a lot more than the others because it's now a snapshot of a time that the rest hasn't, and probably will not, cover. This is Ip Man in his later days when Bruce Lee was beginning to make a name for himself in the USA, and chronicles the life and times, filled with its fair share of ups, downs, moments of pride and that tragic sense of loss, that comes with ageing, with a lot more focus on his group of disciples as much as it is about Ip Man's personal life.

The surprise is of course Yau teaming up with his one time iconic collaborator Anthony Wong, who together have made classical Category III films in The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome. Here, they reunite to bring a kung fu master to life, and a biographical one at that, and going by the trailers, Wong is no pushover as he executes the Wing Chun moves with grace and ferocity, with little that betrays the use of a stuntperson or wires to help make his a lot more graceful. What works here in the fight department is the awesome choreography that does justice to both the martial arts and the actor, obviously having trained for it, to execute the moves with as much authenticity as possible.

Action sequences may be limited in quantity given Herman Yau's and Erica Lee's story focused on the more dramatic moments, and relationships that Ip Man has with his wife (Anita Yuen), a songstress (Zhou Chu Chu) and his many disciples, but more than made up for it in terms of quality. Cinematography in action films are key in either wanting to play the cheat sheet with quick cuts and edits, with either faraway or tight shots to hide the stuntperson, but this one is done perfectly well to show off the cast members' moves and intensity of their blows, and does its action choreography justice, which for a martial arts film, matters most. Besides some speeding up detected, it doesn't have over the top style, but kept things as simple as Wing Chun's philosophy, and that battle between Ip Man and Master Ng (Eric Tsang) remains one of the best in this movie, and dare I mention also ranks as one of the best amongst the rest of the Ip Man films put together.

If there's a downside to this, it's the issue of having too many characters jam packed into this less than two hour story. There's a whole host of disciples that Ip Man had recruited, and while screen time is dedicated to these characters, their development was fleeting at best. Headlining the disciples were the likes of Gillian Chung chalking up her resume in her recent comeback, but her role was rote at best, with her relatively less well known stars given more screen time instead. Jordan Chan is the other famous headliner for the film, starring as Ip Man's disciple and a policeman, caught up with moral issues as his profession brings about opportunities for corruption at the time, and how he struggled with this moral dilemma. But it's not much of a struggle as it turned out, although the narrative steered clear on passing any judgement or ending on the character, except to remind that he was an important source of income to keep things going. Zhou Chu Chu as the songstress provided a promise of a romance that wasn't much, but this love story has its shades in Wong Kar-Wai's epic in being a love that could have been, told in a very different fashion here.

The opening film of this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival, with that territory comes a certain guarantee that this has to live up to its honor with high production values, which was a plus point as the 50s and 60s Hong Kong got recreated both in terms of external sets and interior art direction and production to transport the audience into an era long gone. Giving it some artistic credibility is how the narrative blended with the history of Hong Kong as a background, making it as much of a historical epic of the colony at the time as it is about the story of Ip Man's advancing years in life. Still, as part of the Ip Man movie canon, The Final Fight has its moments, and even if you're jaded from too many films about the grandmaster in such a short duration of time, this movie still has what it takes to offer audiences a different aspect yet to be seen of Ip Man, with its Wing Chun moves and fights being the icing on the cake. Recommended!


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

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Release Date:

28 March 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Ip Man 4: The Final Fight See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,514, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$37,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,967,001
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