Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
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International megastar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu grandmaster Ip Man in this martial arts spectacular. After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Fo Shan, 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 (the legendary Sammo Hung), refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself - and prove… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the highest-grossing films in Hong Kong history, but it doesn't add much to the crowded history of martial-arts movies."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film's fight choreography is again handled by the legendary Sammo Hung - he also now has a supporting role and incredibly shot his own fight scenes while recuperating from heart surgery - and that alone makes the film worth checking out."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"It's a second installment of a film bio of Ip Man, and it's pretty much made-up nonsense, but few will care, as it's also great fun."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Despite this slackening of narrative urgency, Wilson Yip has duplicated the flawed approach of the earlier movie with striking exactitude."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Viscerally exhilarating and thrilling in its brilliantly-choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging during its contrived moments of drama."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
""Ip Man 2" has eye candy to spare. But it is lacking in formalities such as character development and plot coherence, and the stereotyped Brits are straight out of central casting."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
""Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grand Master" is distinguished by a string of stylishly choreographed martial-arts combat scenes, though barely serviceable in its storytelling."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The movie is simply an entertaining second chance to see more of this man of character in action."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"When Donnie Yen is up there defying gravity and seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his fists, a lot is forgiven."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Bruce Lee lives! (Or at least his mentor does.)"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Ip Man 2 is frankly one of the very best Hong Kong/martial arts movies I've seen in years."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While the film as a whole is a graceful, yet lethal, dig at chauvinism as well as imperialism, that is no impediment to it also being both an engrossing drama and a dynamic martial-arts flick"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Doesn't quite touch the laurels of its predecessor, but the weaker, unoriginal storyline is forgivable in light of how entertaining Ip Man 2 is and its maintenance of the original's high standard of excellent martial arts action."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
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