Ip Man 2

2010

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Sport

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IMDb Rating 7.6 10 81778

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Cast

Donnie Yen as Ip Man
Darren Shahlavi as Mr. Miller / Twister
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung as Master Hung Chun-Nam
Lynn Hung as Cheung Wing-Sing
720p.BLU
649.78 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 11 / 116

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by higherall7 8 / 10

Respect Between Cultures...

Donnie Yen comes across as a Chinese version of Shane. Instead of a Western, IP MAN 2 is a true Eastern. Humble and unassuming, it is easy to see how Bruce Lee reached international status after encountering the calm, self-controlled mentorship of such a Master Martial Artist. Donnie Yen's Ip Man is one of the most memorable characters to appear in Cinema in the last 25 years. Only Jet Li's Wong Fei-hung from the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA trilogy rivals this portrayal.

Donnie Yen's performance in the original IP MAN had me thinking Oscar; something I don't usually associate with Martial Arts movies. Loved the scene where Ip Man sets up his first Martial Arts school in Hong Kong. Truly enjoyed Donnie Yen as Ip Man demonstrating his level of knowledge to potential new students and gradually building up a body of students. To have individuals come to you to learn what you know must be a very gratifying feeling. This came across very poignantly in the scenes where Ip Man the Martial Arts enthusiast slowly becomes Ip Man the Martial Arts teacher. I loved the scenes where he was in his Dojo going over and correcting techniques with his students. I would have wished there were more scenes of him mentoring Bruce Lee in his school.

Enjoyed also Ip Man having to meet with the Martial Arts Masters of his community and having to earn his right to teach and practice in their territory. The scenes of contest between him and them make a memorable and brilliant directorial set piece. These scenes where Ip Man starts his own school and meets with the Masters makes the whole movie to me. Sammo Hung as Master Hung Chun-Nam orchestrates very impressive Martial Arts choreography and presents a true three dimensional character.

The climatic fight between Ip Man and Twister is simply a plus. People have likened it to the ROCKY IV movie, but I don't believe this particular action sequence suffers from the comparison. I never got the feeling that Ip Man was fighting for anything more than a restoration of community standards of civility and respect. There was no cocky posturing or desire for self aggrandizement in his body language. He fully came across as a teacher seeking to teach an arrogant Westerner an important lesson in Respect. Darren Shahlevi as Twister plays his role a little broad, but comes across as a worthy villain for Ip Man. The only thing I could have wanted more would have been to have Bruce Lee in the audience rooting him on to win.

When Ip Man speaks at the end of the fight you know he is delivering the moral of the story. This is something heroes used to do in my youth. Returned was the idea that right makes might rather than the other way around. Fascinating to observe a man of high moral stature speaking through his most exhaustive effort to restore community order through the practice of his Art.

Reviewed by Peter Lorme 7 / 10

A worthy sequel that continues to bring the same charisma as the first.

Ip Man 2 (2011) is a worthy sequel that continues to bring the same charisma as the first. In a familiar fashion, this movie brings thrilling action while also having an emotional side to it. We also get to see more amazing fight choreography. While I did enjoy this movie a great deal, it felt a lot like the first one. The structure, the directing, the way dramatic events unfold, etc. It didn't feel unique, nor did it feel as enthralling as the first one was. Still, it was undeniably exciting, there was some great acting, the plot was pretty good, and I was never bored. I understand that this movie was "based on true events", but there are a striking number of similarities to the first one when it comes down to the narrative. As a whole, it isn't as good as the first one, but 'Ip Man 2" still brings charm, emotion, and excitement.

Reviewed by Paul Magne Haakonsen 6 / 10

Still no students?...

Continuing the legend of Ip Man, this 2010 movie continues on the tale from the 2008 movie, and again with Donnie Yen at the lead role of Ip Man.

It was nice to see the movie revolve around the early starts of Ip Man's Wing Chun school and see how harsh the terms of such existence turned out to be. And it was an interesting approach with the numerous schools of martial arts and how their structure worked.

I loved the interaction between Ip Man and the auntie with the laundry on the roof. Those scenes, although having no big impact on the storyline, were just a really nice touch to the movie.

Similar to the 2008 movie, then "Ip Man 2" is heavy on martial arts, and it was also equally well choreographed and executed on the screen. It is always a pleasure to watch Donnie Yen in action in movies such as these, and he does so with flying colors.

The acting in "Ip Man 2" was good, and they had a good group of actors and actresses for the various roles. And they did a great job with setting up the bad guy as a person that you really didn't root for in any way, and they had a great guy cast for that particular role, as Darren Shahlavi did a great job in portraying him. And once again, there are some impressive Hong Kong talents on the cast list as well, aside from Donnie Yen, which includes Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Simon Yam.

There is a good continuous flow to the movie, with a great combination of storytelling and martial arts.

If you enjoyed the 2008 "Ip Man", then you will most definitely also enjoy the 2010 "Ip Man 2" movie, no doubt about it.

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