Ip Man 2
Ip Man 2 – Movie Review
After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Foshan, China, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip Man 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 Kam-Bo), refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself with an intense series of fights against the masters.
This is a movie that I actually tried to watch months and months ago, but it was all in Chinese — but I still watched the first like 20 minutes of it, even though I couldn’t understand a word of it, because it such fun to watch. This is actually based on a true historical figure who was the guy who trained Bruce Lee. And I don’t want to tell you too much about it because I want it to unfold for you, but this is a story of a guy who saw martial arts in a completely different way than anybody ever had before him, and his travails. And the fact that it was based on a true story made it all the more compelling. I give it four and a half stars.