Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster Reviews
This dramatization is based on the life of IP Man from 1938-1945, the creator of Wing Chung, a style of martial arts that would attract millions through the years, and teacher of Bruce Lee. it takes place during the Japanese occupation of China. recommended for lovers of the Genre.
A few things ring false here and are even cheesy, but it's still one of the strongest kung fu movies of the decade, even century so far.
The 1st half of this film was as perfect as its predecessor. However, the film seemed to change course half way through when the antagonist abruptly switched from a competing local martial artist to a British boxer. The boxer was very cheesily portrayed and it was a wonder how a legend as Ip Man, who had earlier fought off over 30 men with machetes was now being severely beaten by a British boxer. The antagonist in the original film was much more realistic.
Despite the unfortunate sappy tone, this was still an extremely enjoyable film; just as fulfilling as the original. However, the plot was almost entirely identical. Peaceful teacher, local trouble, greater antagonist, death, main event, triumph.
The ending postscript about Bruce Lee is legendary.
I wanted to rate this an 8 of 10, but to me, this was a "good" movie, and could not be considered "very good".