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IP MAN 2 (HK/China)


Genre: Martial Arts/Biography
Starring: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Lynn Hung, Huang Xiaoming, To Yue-Hong, Fan Siu Wong, Kent Cheng, Calvin Cheng, Simon Yam, Fung Hark-On, Meng Lo, Darren Shahlavi
Director: Wilson Yip
Rating: PG (Fighting Scenes)
Year Made: 2010



- The Making Of
- Shooting Diary




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Ip Man arrives in Hong Kong and tries to propagate Wing Chun in the region. He faces rivalry from the local master of Hung Ga, Hung Jan Nam. After a few encounters with each other, Hung begins to respect Ip's existence. One day Hung is beaten to death by an English boxer during a duel. Ip challenges him in order to protect the dignity of Chinese martial arts.


At the ripe 'old age' of 45, Donnie Yen experienced a surprise career surge, something which has eluded him for the past decades. The semi-biographical account of Master Ip Man in 2008 propelled the action man into instant stardom and one who is now in great demand by producers, directors alike.

"Ip Man 2" continues from the first instalment with Ip Man and his family being defected to nearby Hong Kong after his tussle with the Japanese army. To make a living, Ip Man decides to teach Wing Chun which has yet being heard of in the territory. In addition to finding ways to roping in students, Ip Man still has to face the rivalry and recognition of fellow martial-arts practitioners including Hung Jan Nam (Sammo Hung).

Obviously, screenwriter Edmond Wong (son of famed producer Raymond Wong) has taken quite a few creative liberties with the onscreen Ip Man as compared to the real-life sifu. Ip Man for the record has never faced any Japanese nemesis or in this sequel, an 'angmoh' in a tournament. For the sake of cinematic magic and nationalistic pride, the filmmakers have once again delved into convenient plotting that involves Chinese martial arts versus western boxing/army. Remember "Once Upon A Time In China", "Fearless" and "True Legend"?

Not taking account into the above mentioned folly, director Wilson Yip proved once again he can pull off yet another martial-arts classic with the help of action choreographer Sammo Hung and his leading man, Donnie Yen who has worked with him for the umpteen times. The action comes fast and furious, aggressive while not excessively chaotic that you can’t distinguish what’s happening. The first fight occurs in a fishery and the one sequence that will have you on repeat mode belongs to the one between Donnie and Sammo exchanging their moves on top of a round table. Given Sammo’s size and recent health problems (he is 58 this year), the man’s agility and presence nevertheless remains impressive opposite his opponent. Ex-Shaw Brothers, now TVB actor Lo Meng and familiar screen villain/action choreographer Fung Hark-On dazzled in their own sparring moments with Ip Man.

While many audiences will be lured mainly by the fighting sequences, the production values such as the recreation of 1950s Hong Kong and costume designs in "Ip Man 2" are apparently more eye-catching than the first. Donnie Yen’s subtle performance as Master Ip Man is a plus and his almost wordless interaction with his wife, Yong Cheng (played by Lynn Hung) is ever so tender and loving. The rest of the supporting cast includes veterans such as Kent Cheng, Simon Yam and Fan Siu-Wong who chips in their moments of brilliance in this martial-arts epic.

Despite two movies, the legacy of Ip Man and the art of Wing Chun remains as fuzzy as ever which might caused a serious viewer to walk off pretty disappointed in a way. Though it’s hard to balance a good amount of drama and action, credit has to go to Yip and his crew for crafting a martial-arts classic that is definitely worth mentioning down the road and a title destined to be on your video shelf.


The Making Of
consists of several short interview features mainly with director Wilson Yip and production designer Kenneth Mak in which he talks about the building of the fishery, Chinese restaurant etc. The Shooting Diary is just another short feature that has no commentary, interviews and purely behind-the-scenes shots with the Ip Man theme music playing in the background.


There aren’t any visible flaws in the DVD transfer and the audio track is dynamic and strong on the bass, pity it didn’t comes with a Cantonese soundtrack.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 29 June 2010


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