For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to continue with the Ip Man series which follows the teacher of Bruce Lee, Yip Man. This time around in IP Man 2, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) is now in Hong Kong where he hopes to teach more Chinese about the beautiful art of Wing Chun by opening a martial arts school. Unfortunately, IP Man’s wishes are being sabotaged because the rules in Hong Kong are very different and all of the masters including Master Hung (Sammo Hung). Master Ip will have to endure some tough tests which includes gaining Master Hung’s respect. Soon though, the two will have to band together as a brute Brit name Twister (Darren Shahlavi) looks to disrespect the art of Chinese Boxing. The film also stars Xiaoming Huang (American Dreams In China) as Wong Shun-Leung, Lynn Hung (IP Man) as Cheung Wing-Sing, Kent Cheng (Once Upon A Time In China) as Fatso, Yu-Hang To (1911) as Cheng Wai-Kei, Charles Mayer (Ghosts Of Old Shanghai) as Superintendent Wallace, Ka-nin Ngo (Turning Point) as Leung Kan, Siu-Wong Fan (IP Man) as Jin Shan Zhao, Jiang Dai-Yan as a young Bruce Lee, and the film was directed by Wilson Yip (IP Man). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
Here are your stats for IP Man in the second film of the series as he had a total of 21 Knock outs/kills in this film with 15 of them coming in one fight sequence. The whole series is an origin story which is why I wrote no for that one. He is still married and Master Hung is hurt in the film as well as some of his students. The big fight is at the end and you’ll have to watch it to see how it ends. I do want to say that I loved the build up to the fight during the film. I mean you could predict that it was going to happen, but for most of the film you had no idea it would be that guy. Your almost led to believe for part of the film that Sammo Hung’s character is the big villain he must defeat, but it’s quite the opposite. There are times when the sequels never live up the original film, but that is not the case in this film’s matter. The film actually entices you to want to continue to watch because the story of IP Man is a fascinating one. I love how they inserted a young Bruce Lee into the film who tells him that he wants to learn Wing Chun. When asked why, Bruce replies because he wants to beat it up the bullies. Ip Man then tells him to come back when he grows up and we all know how the story goes from there. The martial arts action in this film is amazing so what are you waiting for, check it out. I am going to give the film 4.4 fists out of five for a final grade.