Donnie Yen’s follow-up to his hit “Ip Man” is a worthwhile martial arts film if you’re into seeing martial arts on the big screen. It’s not nearly as good as the first one, but that’s to be expected. This time around, though, they’ve added Sammo Hung into the mix. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then Variance Films and Well Go USA have released four clips from “Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster”, including the early parts of Yen’s duel with Hung — on table tops, no less. The film is scheduled to open in NY and LA on January 28 with a wider national release date to follow.
After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Foshan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip 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, refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself – and prove himself he does, in an intense series of fights against the masters showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles, culminating in a highly anticipated brawl between Ip and Hung atop a rickety table. But even after gaining the respect of the masters, Ip’s troubles are far from over. Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named Taylor “Twister” Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people. Forced by honor to enter a brutal “King of the Ring” boxing match against Twister, it’s East versus West in an amazing, knock-down drag-out fight to the finish.
Starring Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Darren Shahlavi, Siu-Wong Fan, Lynn Hung, Ka Tung Lam, Xiaoming Huang, Kent Cheng, Yu-Hang To , Amber Chia, Stefan Morawietz and directed by Wilson Yip.
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