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 Chun-nam (the legendary Sammo Hung), refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself - and prove himself he does, in an intense series of fights against the masters showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles, culminating in a highly anticipated brawl between Ip and Hung atop a rickety table. But even after gaining the respect of the masters, Ip's troubles are far from over. Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named Taylor "Twister" Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people. Forced by honor to enter a brutal "King of the Ring" boxing match against Twister, it's East versus West in an amazing, knock-down drag-out fight to the finish, the likes of which have never been seen on-screen before. Presented in the original, un-dubbed and uncut, international version that's been breaking box-office records across Asia, Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster is a throwback to the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts cinema that will delight kung fu fans and newcomers alike. -- (C) Well Go USA and Variance
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R (for violence)
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Cast

Donnie Yen
as Ip Man
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
as Hung Chun-nam
Louis Fan
as Jin Shanzhao
Xiong Dailin
as Cheung Wing-sing
Darren Shahlavi
as Taylor "The Twister" Milos
Lynn Hung
as Cheung Wing-Sing
Ming Xiao Huang
as Wong Leung
Huang Xiaoming
as Wong Leung
Kent Cheng
as Fatso
Pierre Ngo
as Leung Kan
To Yue-hong
as Chang Wei-kei
Li Chak
as Ip Chun
Charles Mayer
as Wallace
Simon Yam
as Chow Ching-chuen
Jiang Daiyan
as Bruce Lee
Lam Hak-Ming
as Master Lam
Lo Mang
as Master Law
Calvin Chang
as Chow Kong-yiu
Fung Hak-On
as Master Cheng
Fan Siu-Wong
as Jin Shanzhao
Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing
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
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"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 27, 2011
New York Post
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Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action.

January 27, 2011
New York Times
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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
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"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
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A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.

Full Review… | January 25, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

½

A slightly loose script compared to its first installment, but Ip Man 2 makes that up with even more stylish direction and tense action. The film continues its momentum with more dazzling sequences and even ups the ante when you fuse it with the emotional flare and uplifting drama that can be formulaic to 'Rocky'. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

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