J!-ENT@the Movies: Ip Man 2 – Movie Review

January 24, 2011 by  

Premiering nationwide (click here for schedule) on January 28th is the sequel to the popular martial arts film “Ip Man”.  Donnie Yen returns for “Ip Man 2” from Well Go USA and Variance Films.

In Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster, Master Ip Man (Yen) is a new arrival in Hong Kong, and is struggling to open a martial arts school. Master Ip teaches a style of kung-fu known as Wing Chun from Northern China, which is initially ridiculed by the Hong Kong schools and their respective masters – especially Master Hung (Sammo Hung), the crooked leader of a cabal of masters who won’t allow Master Ip to teach until he proves himself and his kung-fu — which he does, in one of the most amazing fight sequences ever committed to film (we won’t give it away, but it involves a teahouse, a rickety table, and a highly-anticipated fight scene between Yen and Hung). Once Master Ip can earn the respect of the local masters, there’s still the matter of the corrupt British government and their desire to diminish the culture of Chinese martial arts in favor of traditional boxing.

Click here to download (PDF) J!-ENT’s review of the film by Dennis A. Amith.

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