Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011)



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International megastar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu grandmaster Ip Man in this martial arts spectacular. After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Fo Shan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip wants to support his family by opening up a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But a corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters, led by Hung … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: ,
Written By: Edmond Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2011
Variance Films - Official Site


as Ip Man

as Hung Chun-nam

as Jin Shanzhao

as Cheung Wing-sing

as Taylor "The Twister"...

as Cheung Wing-Sing

as Wong Leung

as Wong Leung

as Fatso

as Leung Kan

as Chang Wei-kei

as Ip Chun

as Chow Ching-chuen

as Bruce Lee

as Master Lam

as Master Law

as Chow Kong-yiu

as Master Cheng

as Jin Shanzhao

as Chow Kong-yiu
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Critic Reviews for Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

One of the highest-grossing films in Hong Kong history, but it doesn't add much to the crowded history of martial-arts movies.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Ip Man 2" has eye candy to spare. But it is lacking in formalities such as character development and plot coherence, and the stereotyped Brits are straight out of central casting.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's fight choreography is again handled by the legendary Sammo Hung - he also now has a supporting role and incredibly shot his own fight scenes while recuperating from heart surgery - and that alone makes the film worth checking out.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grand Master" is distinguished by a string of stylishly choreographed martial-arts combat scenes, though barely serviceable in its storytelling.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.

Full Review… | January 25, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster


A bloated, overlong sequel that is more concerned about following the formula of the Rocky movies than having an identity of its own, with all of it making it look like a conventional and very predictable Hollywood product, including a ridiculously caricatural villain.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


The predecessor, "Ip Man", carried a genuinely interesting plot, characters; Ip Man 2 fails to have the same dramatic impact as the first one had but still manages to entertain.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

the plot is recycled, and in comparison to the first the characters are less compelling, the mood less serious, the scope less epic, and the stakes not as high. having said all of that, the first was a masterpiece, so this not measuring up doesnt mean its not great. this was a fantastic martial arts film. the action was awesome, and it was great to see a few returning characters. a solid sequel.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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