We are continuing our theme of kick ass Kung Fu and we are continuing with the legendary IP Man (real name Yip Man) who was the master of Bruce Lee. I didn’t know what the connection this film had to the previous films I reviewed, but IP Man: The Final Fight is not part of that series. In this film, it’s post war China and we find IP Man (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong) arriving in Hong Kong where he sets up shop and begins to teach. One of IP Man’s pupils finds himself deep into the Hong Kong underworld while another finds himself in a fight with the Triads forcing IP Man to come back into action for one more fight. In the meantime, we see IP Man deal with various issues we haven’t seen before like his Gastric pain and the vicissitudes of life. The film also stars Eric Tsang (The Accidental Spy) as NG Chung, Gillian Chung (Blade Of Kings) as Chan Sei-mui, Jordan Chan (Big Bullet) as Tang Shing, Zhou Chuchu (The Apostles) as Jenny, Xin Xin Xiong (Double Team) as Local Dragon, Luxia Jiang (True Legend) as Le King, Timmy Hung (New Police Story) as Leung Sheung, and the film was directed by Herman Yau (The Legend Is Born: Ip Man). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:
From what I read about this film, this is a more accurate look at the life of IP Man as opposed to what was presented to us in the other IP Man films. We see in the film that IP Man did not approve of Bruce Lee’s fame which is something that I didn’t know. Anyways, let’s look at the stats: IP Man in this film has about 20 knockouts/kills and the film itself is an origin story. He is married when the film starts and for most of it, but he has a weird relationship with that Jenny woman. His student is almost killed which in effect forces IP Man to go into battle and the big boss is defeated. One thing I wanted to say about the big boss and that is I thought Jet Li was playing him until I looked it up and found out that it’s actually Jet Li’s stunt double that stars in this film as Local Dragon. It’s hard to judge Anthony Chau-Sang Wong’s IP Man versus Donnie Yen’s version, but Anthony Chau-Sang Wong plays an older version of him and as I said a more accurate one. The film had plenty of action and not just from IP Man, but from his students as well as they are constantly getting into fights. It’s definitely a film that is worth checking out if you are a fan of Martial Arts and Kung Fu. I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade.