For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, I wanted to finish something that i had started some months ago when I began watching a series about the famous Grandmaster Ip Man. Now I present to you what seems like the final film in the Wilson Yip (IP Man) directed series in IP Man 3. The film once again follows IP Man (Donnie Yen) as he is a lot older (because Bruce Lee is now a teenager), but not a lot has changed in Hong Kong since we last seen him. The city is now being run by a notorious boxing gangster named Frank (Mike Tyson) and he is trying to buy up all the schools in Hong Kong to try and close them down, but IP Man will not stand for it. IP Man also has to answer the challenge of a jealous Wing Chun master by the name of Cheung Tin-chi (Max Zhang) while also trying to take care of his sick wife (Lynn Hung). The film also stars Patrick Tam (Port Of Call) as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng (Magic To Win) as Miss Hong, Kai-Chung Cheung (Keeper Of Darkness) as Chui Lek, Kent Cheng (IP Man 2) as Fatso, Ka-Yan Leung (The Man With The Iron Fists) as Master Tin, and Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu Hustle) as Bruce Lee. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
First of all, I want to start off by saying that if you loved the first two films then you will definitely love this as it definitely does not disappoint at all. Alright with that being said, let’s look at the stats. As far as the kills/knockouts are concerned for this film, I am saying that the final number is 68, but that’s +/- 5 with it being more on the plus side. What I mean by that is that I could swear the final number was 74, but I used the minus side of five for my final total. Just like the last film, this is all his origin story and he is married. As far as anyone getting hurt in the film, his son is kidnapped and his wife is sick. The big boss is definitely defeated, but like always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I loved this film for the simple reasons of the different styles of fights and fighter styles. He fights a Thai fighter (who I am pretty sure fights Muai Thai), he fights a boxer (Tyson), and he fights someone who is a master in his own style. That leads for an awesome film and as you can imagine the fight scenes are incredible, the fight choreography is perfection so what are you waiting for. If you are a fan of Martial Arts films, then you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Of course, I am not stopping here because there are more films based on Yip Man, but so far this is the best series I have watched. I am going to give this film five fists out of five for a final grade.