Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

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Released 2011

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Director:
Wilson Yip
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
International superstar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu Grandmaster Ip Man, widely known as the man who brought Wing Chun to the world with the help of his star pupil, Bruce Lee. Master Ip, a new arrival in British-occupied Hong Kong, wants to open a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. A corrupt group of martial arts masters, led by Master Hung (Sammo Hung) refuses to allow him to teach in peace until he proves himself as a kung fu master Ip's trouble continues when he is forced to enter a brutal "King of the Ring" boxing match against Twister, a Western-style boxer who insults the Chinese locals, in a East versus West knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish. (In Chinese with English subtitles)

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times 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.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    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 mome...

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