Ip Man 2
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About the Film
Kung Fu sensation, Donnie Yen, returns as martial arts legend, Ip Man, in the most anticipated martial arts movie event of the year. Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan. However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister, to humiliate the Chinese people, the masters quickly forget their differences. Soon, the eyes of the nation are on the one man capable of securing a victory-Grandmaster Ip Man! One of the biggest Chinese blockbusters in recent history, Ip Man 2 takes martial arts fights to new heights of excellence and delivers more excitement than ever before!
It's OK but not as good as Ip Man 1
As a practicing martial artist in both Kung Fu and Karate, I absolutely adored Ip Man. I felt that Ip Man 2 has a much less realistic approach to the fighting and the characters. They went a bit too far 'all out' on the vilification of the British. Whilst I can believe that a boxer would behave like that, no British gentleman ever would be quite that brazenly uneducated. From a martial arts standpoint, it makes no sense that a boxer, no matter how strong, would stand up to an Asian martial artist simply because boxing involves specific rules on authorized movements aimed for sport, whereas Kung Fu is more of a holistic martial art aimed at self defense. MMA fighter, maybe. Boxer, not a chance. So don't bother watching this if you are interested in good martial arts, you'll get frustrated.
IP Man 2
Excellent follow up to IP Man 1. Good storyline. Donnie Yen is a great martial arts star. Almost felt I was watching a Rock movie however. Also to note HMV are selling this for a £1 less.
This is the second film about Ip Mans life and both are worth watching over and over. The action and story line work so well and if you didn't it was about a real man would thing it's just a good fairy tail. Good triumphs over evil. But it adds to the good viewing of one of the best Martial Arts films I've seen for a while.