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Ip Man 2

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Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan (Sammo Hung). However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister (Darren Shahlavi), to humiliate the Chinese people, the masters quickly forget their differences. Soon, the eyes of the nation are on the one man capable of securing a victory-Grandmaster Ip Man!

Actors: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo , Xiaoming Huang , Christian Kang Bachini , Kent Cheng , Huang Xiaoming , Lo Meng , Fan Siu-Wong , Lynn Hung , Simon Yam , Sammo Hung , Donnie Yen
Directors: Wilson Yip
Release: 2010-04-29
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  • Shawn Levy

    An energetic, witty and altogether well-built martial arts drama that is familiar in many ways but distinguished by its high level of craft, its sincere sentiment and drama, and the forceful charisma of its star, Donnie Yen.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Choreographed by the film martial-arts veteran Sammo Hung, the fights are spectacularly designed and performed, relying more on muscle and skill than wirework.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A reminder of the pleasure of classic martial-arts films in which skilled athletes performed many of their own stunts.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Nearly as enjoyable as the original. Its not-so-secret weapon is the poised, calm performance of Yen, who somehow manages to play Ip as both character and archetype. Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    More slick mainland melodrama than rough-and-ready chop-socky picture, Ip Man 2 often finds itself struggling to reconcile those conflicting impulses between drizzly emotional moments and slap-happy frenzy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

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

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Wade Major

    A superbly well-crafted film, faithful to its cultural and cinematic heritage, and easily one of the most enjoyable entertainments of a still nascent 2011 post-holiday season.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Maggie Lee

    Compared to his stellar hit "Ip Man" - a biopic on the Wing Chun master who tutored Bruce Lee - Wilson Yip's more lavishly produced sequel Ip Man 2 is a fistful of hits and misses.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    If you're searching for pure, unadulterated fisticuffs joy, you could do far worse than Ip Man 2.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    The piéce de résistance is a "Rocky"-ish battle between bare-fisted Ip (Donnie Yen) and a racist Brit who uses boxing gloves and goes by the name Twister.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    Yip's chop-socky sequel does manage to up the (admittedly modest) ante of the original.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    If the movie packs a weaker punch than the original, it has less to do with the action sequences than the script (by Edmond Wong, son of Raymond, who wrote the first), a flimsy affair with subpar villains.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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