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Movie Review - Ip Man 2

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Ip Man 2

When ‘Ip Man’ came out a couple of years ago it was a bit of a shock for me as I used to be a huge Hong Kong action film fan but my interest had died down over the last 10 years. So when I had the chance to see the film the action scenes blew me away and I rate one of the fight scenes as one of the best ever to be put on film. So when ‘Ip Man 2’ came out I really wanted to see it at the cinema rather than the DVD experience I normally have with Hong Kong action films.

“In this sequel, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) arrives in Hong Kong in 1949, only to discover that martial arts schools there operated like triads rather than more respectable institutions. His efforts to teach his Wing Chun discipline is fraught with poverty and meets resistance from Master Hung (Sammo Hung), a fellow kung fu master who runs a fish market and is being bullied by the British authorities. However, he takes solace in his bright student Leung (Chen Dao Ming) and his loving, patient wife (Lynn Hung). As conflicts brew and tempers flare, an English boxing champ (Darren Shahlavi) insults the Chinese and challenges the whole establishment to an East vs. West showdown, leaving Master Hung and Master Ip to find themselves possible allies.”

I’m a big fan of Donnie Yen and have watched Sammo Hung act in films since I was a kid, so it was great seeing them act side by side in this film. It had an interesting story but the big draw card was the action scenes and after the first film, which blew me away, I was expecting a lot from this film. Yet it never delivered. Not only were the action scenes not as good they were also not as brutal as the first film, which is one of the things that made it so good. So it was a little disappointing but it was still a fun film to watch.

7 out of 10 from me.

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