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Ip Man 2

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Ip Man 2


Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada)

Canadian Premiere

  • Hong Kong 2010
  • 109 min
  • 35mm
  • Cantonese/mandarin with English subtitles
Opening Film, New York Asian Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2010

Genre

Martial ArtsAction / Adventure

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“Engaging performances... exhilarating fight scenes” — Darcy Paquet, SCREEN DAILY

“Makes every blow feel authentic... echoes with affection the heyday of Hong Kong's martial-arts film” — Russell Edwards, VARIETY

Credits

Director: Wilson Yip (Yip Wai Shun)
Screenplay: Edmond Wong
Cast: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Huang Xiao-Ming, Simon Yam, Louis Fan
Producers: Raymond Wong
Print Source: Well Go USA

Indie

Description

He’s taken on ten people at once. Now watch him take on 20 (give or take) with knives. Ip Man is back! A decade has elapsed since the events of the first Ip Man film. Now seeking to make an honest living with his kung fu school in Hong Kong, he must face Master Hung (Sammo Hung of ENTER THE FAT DRAGON and PROJECT A), an expert in Hung Gar who has the power to decide who may or may not open a martial arts school in town. To earn that right, one must face an opponent on top of a round table without falling off. Which style will be victorious? Hung Gar (used by award-winning director Lau Kar Leung in many classic Shaw Brothers films) or Ip Man’s Wing Chung (a style made famous by Bruce Lee)? Ip Man’s sense of righteousness also shakes Hung’s conscience. Behind the scenes, Hung is trying to feed his large family and maintaining order by collecting protection money for a corrupt British officer. This officer’s plan is to unleash the racist boxing champion Twister (Darren Shahlavi) among the Chinese, which will wreak havoc on their national pride. Which style will prevail? Will a triple threat of combat styles be too much to handle for Hong Kong?

Fresh off the screens of Asia, IP MAN 2 even out-muscled IRON MAN 2 at the Hong Kong box office, and now arrives for its showdown in Montreal. Funnier and wilder than its predecessor, it reunites director Wilson Yip (IP MAN, SPL) with the same creative force as their previous film to bombard us with high-octane excitement. The legendary Sammo Hung returns as the action choreographer, expertly orchestrating all fights in a dynamic, relentless fashion and injecting enough kinetic energy to trigger a full-scale blood rush to all your senses—and as well, he really shines in his most mesmerizing role since the baddie in SPL. The stellar fight between Master Ip and Master Hung is a high-voltage charge of kung fu action, but wait till they both take turns tackling Twister—it’ll dropkick you onto a new plateau of martial arts paradise. Donnie Yen is in top form in his final performance as Ip Man, showcasing his incredible athletic prowess and magnetic charisma that explodes on the screen. Be sure to stick around to the very end when a very young and cocky kung fu legend makes an appearance!

—King-Wei Chu

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