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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.

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Wilson Yip

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Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan), Lai-Yin Leung | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Ip Man
Lynn Xiong ... Cheung Wing-sing (as Lynn Hung)
Jin Zhang ... Cheung Tin-chi (as Max Zhang)
Mike Tyson ... Frank
Patrick Tam ... Ma King-Sang
Karena Ng ... Miss Wong
Kai-Chung Cheung ... Chui Lek
Kent Cheng ... Fatso
Ka-Yan Leung ... Master Tin
Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Bruce Lee
Babyjohn Choi ... Editor Lee
Sung Man Ban Sung Man Ban ... David
Xiao Long Li Xiao Long Li ... Ah Ching
Ling Lei Ling Lei ... Ip Man's Student #1
Tats Lau ... Principal
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Storyline

The year is 1959, where Ip Man lives in Hong Kong with his wife and his younger son. Trouble arises when a corrupt property developer and his thugs terrorize the school where Ip Man's son goes to. Ip Man and his disciples have to help the police guard the school day and night. On the other hand, Ip Man has to deal with his wife's terminal sickness, and at the same time faces a challenge from another Wing Chun fighter who ambitiously seeks to claim the Wing Chun Grandmaster title. Written by heyitsnuel

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The legend continues, the grandmaster returns.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

24 December 2015 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ip Man 5 See more »

Filming Locations:

Foshan, Guangdong, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$784,839, 24 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,679,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,844,753
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Woo-Ping Yuen was the action choreographer in this movie. He had also worked with Donnie Yen in Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung (1992) and Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (1993). He was the man behind big Hollywood films such as the The Matrix (1999) trilogy, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). Other Hong Kong movies choreographed by him include: Jing wu ying xiong (1994), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Huo Yuanjia (2006) and The Grandmaster (2013). See more »

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Cheung Wing-sing: Why'd God make women pretty but dumb?
Cheung Wing-sing: They're pretty, so men will like them.
Cheung Wing-sing: They're dumb, so they will like men.
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A more deliberate and personal approach to the titular character, it is a proper send off for Ip Man.
26 December 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Donnie Yen is one of the most consistent action stars, having resume that spans decades and while other colossal names such as Jet Li or Jackie Chan has slowed down, he is still going strong. This, ironically, can also work against him since he already has played in two Ip Man films and with more works depicting the famous character, this theme can become overly used. Luckily, Ip Man 3 shifts into a more private direction while still equipped with the lighting speed blows.

The story has multiple subplots, ranging from usual the thug encounter to problems on Ip Man's household. There's still glimpse of the nationalism angle from the first two movies, although fortunately not as prevalent. Use of jingoism has become stale and it'd make a predictable vilified antagonist. This time around the script has more balance and modesty, it's intended to be accessible for wider range of audience.

As far as acting goes, leads Donnie Yen and Lynn Hung perform well. This is a family oriented relationship with drama or romance taking the secondary role. Its use of many subplots, thus a larger number of antagonists, can be distracting at times. Some of the dialogues sound rather too overblown for theatrical effect, although luckily they're not dominant enough to be disrupting.

Ip Man also attracts a certain expectation for fight scenes, one which is sufficiently delivered here. It uses less wire choreography and opts for a faster close quarter combat. The cinematography involved is very precise, showing a vast experience and understanding of clashing fists and spatial awareness for the dance. This makes every encounter unique, from the all-out brawl in the dock, skirmish in small stores or apartments to the occasional high octane duels. A nod goes to the scene with Mike Tyson in its entire fanservice splendor.

The distinct combat choreography, which still looks fast and fresh, will satisfy action fans, yet the humble perspective gives a hearty humane side for the larger-than-life character.


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