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Ip Man 2 2010

  • Wilson Yip
  • January 28, 2011
  • 109 mins
  • Action, Drama, History
Behind every great martial artist lies a teacher.
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 (Sammo Hung). However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister (Darren Shahlavi), 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!


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This is the Chinese equivalent of Rocky IV. The Ip Man ends up fighting against a racist and jingoistic British boxer. Given that the British at this time in history had invaded Hong Kong and were not shy about proclaiming their self-believed superiority over the Chinese, this second movie continues to ring the patriotic Chinese themes. It is "Devil outsiders" and their self-described superiority that the Ip Man fights and over whom he triumphs. No mention is made that he is living in Hong Kong because he was escaping the Communist party takeover. In this movie the British --- and by extension all foreigners --- are the evil ones, intruding upon the Chinese culture and value system.

The movie is good as a movie. But it is certainly not history.

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The finale fight dragged on a bit but definitely had some really amazing choreography by Sammo Hung on the development of the fight. I also really enjoyed the fish stall fight but I think after watching this movie a second time I enjoyed the finale more than the others. It's too bad they weren't able to show Bruce Lee training with Ip Man due to licensing with the Lee estate. =/

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