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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster Reviews

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December 16, 2016
This one was action packed when he fought the western boxer
½ December 9, 2016
More Rocky-like than the first one. the basic story structure made it easier to watch, but it was predictible.
½ December 7, 2016
Less of a compelling story than the first, though makes up for very intense and great fights.
December 3, 2016
So the plot is that two schools of martial arts have beef with each other for, well, reasons I supposed. Essentially the character motivations were unclear or contrived for plot purposes. The action choreography was nice but the editing was inconsistent, often separating action and reaction needlessly.
November 23, 2016
I am going to turn the blind eye to the certain wire-aided malarkey on the round table.
November 21, 2016
Ip Man 2 is a more crowded sequel but ups the action. Donnie Yen is once again great in the lead.
½ October 1, 2016
It's starts well enough but begins to lose interest as it drops story threads in favor of following the Rocky formula and devoting time to a cartoon villain.
Grade: C-
½ September 27, 2016
Adding eyecandy boy to the franchise, not bad, Huang Xiaoming.
September 11, 2016
What starts out as a promising martial arts film about a turf war between schools soon turns into a Chinese "Rocky IV," complete with boxing, racial stereotyping, and xenophobia. Much like the first "Ip Man," "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster" suffers in the story-telling department. But, unlike the first film, the fight sequences aren't nearly as exciting or realistic and the performances aren't nearly as professional. However, what is most disappointing is that director Wilson Yip has adopted the Hollywood formula by sacrificing an interesting real-life story in favor of a fictitious one tailored to dispense thrills.
½ August 23, 2016
Ip Man 2 continues from where Ip Man left off. Donnie Yen is magnificent in a role that was made for him.

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".
July 24, 2016
160723: If you want to get a dislike on for the British "Empire", this film will do it for you. Once again some great action scenes that include a showdown between Wing Chun and boxing. This series is really winning me over. Make sure you watch them in order.
½ July 22, 2016
Not as good as the first one.
June 23, 2016
Fantastic follow up to Ip Man (2010). Seemed like this one had a bigger budget because everything about it is better. Better sets, better cinematography and like the first a lot of great fighting sequences. Donnie Yen returns as Ip Man. The film takes place in Hong Kong where Ip Man is opening his own martial arts school to teach the Wing Chun style. Ip Man realizes that Hong Kongs British rule is full of corruption. The local masters pay a fee to fellow Master Hung (Sammo Kam-Bo Hung). On top of that the police chief is in cahoots with a vicious boxer named Twister (Darren Shahlavi) who is challenging all the martial artists to a fight to prove who the better fighter is. Ip Man is once again reluctantly thrown into the ring to face Twister and defend the honor of Chinese martial arts. The fight scenes in this are choreographed so damn good. Ip Man is lightning fast and while the movie is light on story it still shows the resilience of one man against the corruption in the area. I enjoyed it and recommend giving it a look if you're a kung fu fan, or a fan of the first film!
½ June 21, 2016
A fine sequel to Ip Man 2008.
Super Reviewer
½ May 26, 2016
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
April 30, 2016
A good sequel, still based on Hong Kong martial arts history. Basically HK Rocky, with an exceptional fight with the aging master Sammo Hung. Now I can watch part 3.
April 30, 2016
awesome movie series
April 27, 2016
No other martial arts films have stirred emotions in me quite like Ip Man and Ip Man 2 is no different. This continues Ip Man's journey with quality, enjoyable action and script.
½ April 23, 2016
Enjoyable. Good fight sequences
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