Ip Man 2 (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Ip Man begins his life in Hong Kong barely making ends meet renting an apartment and trying to start a martial arts school to teach his Wing Chun style. He is challenged by several neighborhood ruffians who eventually grudgingly give him respect and ask to serve under him as students. Being a kind-hearted man and pleased with the opportunity to teach, he does not push them very hard for their student fees knowing they are also struggling financially under British rule. His school is put up against other martial arts schools in the area competitively and they all clash and fight with territorialism. Eventually all the schools must unite together in order to face the British for their honor.
The British are demanding payments from the schools in return for allowing them to stay open (like offering "protection" in gangster movies). The British do not respect the Chinese and often ridicule them in public. A Western-style boxer named Taylor "Twister" Milos comes to town to fight and entertain the British and by mocking and insulting the Chinese martial arts demonstration opening act, Ip must step up to defend the honor of his people and his own kung fu, Wing Chun.Read more ›
I had originally thought that Ip Man 2 wasn't able to capture the same amount of heart that the original film had, but I no longer believe that to be true. Ip Man 2 still has all the heart and emotion that the first film did. Everything from Ip Man realizing his friend Quan (Simon Yam) is brain damaged because of him to Ip Man trying to restore honor to the east by taking on a western boxer, the emotion is still there. It just isn't as strong or as powerful as it was in the first film. The same atmosphere is established quite easily, but the struggle to show the world that Wing Chun is a respectable martial art seems to take a backseat to other plot points that aren't necessarily less important but seem to take away from what made the first film so special.Read more ›
This is a great martial arts film, and movies along at a very nice pace, with lots of tension as you cheer on Ip Man.
Though I really liked the film, I gave it four stars rather than five because I liked the first film much better. That's because the story in the first film was a bit more original, meaning this story was predicable (reminded me of Rocky), but still worth watching.
Viewers should know that this film isn't exactly a biopic, but loosely based on the life of Yip Man, who taught Wing Chung to Bruce Lee.
If you've seen the first Ip Man, you definitely need to see this film.
Donnie Yen is outstanding. Looking forward to seeing more of him in the future.
The plot, that is another major barrier I found with getting into this movie. Not only does it seem to use the same plot points as the first movie, only done in a less polished fashion, but it seems that the writer(s) of the movie had watched one too many Rocky movies, especially Rocky IV. (*minor spoiler alert*) This movie imitates so many things from Rocky IV, it becomes borderline absurd. I mean, it has everything from a reenactment of the Apollo Creed match-fiasco to the "If I can change, you can change" speech after the penultimate fight, with the subsequent conversion of the hostile crowd to his philosophy -- though, I must admit the training montage before the final fight was a lot more subtle as you didn't have to watch Ip Man running up any large mountains.
Also, just like Rocky IV, Ip Man has a strong nationalistic message at the root of its plot, just like the first movie. It attempts to show the viewer that Chinese culture is superior to the "foreign devil" Brits, who are just like the Russians in Rocky IV.Read more ›
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Enjoyed it even more than the first one! Great action sequences, really impressive performances and period detail, plus extremely high quality streaming!Published 2 days ago by Beldini
Great movie. Highly recommend both Ip Man films! Looking forward to #3!Published 4 days ago by Lauren
This is a great movie. The story plus the martials arts is excellent. The only thing that Upsetter me was the shipping & delivery was not accurate.Published 7 days ago by PRECIOUS ONE
If you have just discovered Donnie Yen, all I can say is LUCKY YOU! Yen's are some of the best martial arts films out there.. and I own the whole Bruce Lee collection. Read morePublished 17 days ago by B.E. Lewis
Fantastic movie. I have no idea why it is rated R. This is not R Material. This is more like pg -13, and teens need to see this!! It has great values!Published 18 days ago by Amanda Wilkinson