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Ip Man: The Final Fight
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man (Anthony Wong) is reluctantly called into action once more. What begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon turn deadly, drawing him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honour, he has no choice but to fight one last time... (c) Well Go USA

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seriously, if not always elegantly, the film portrays the great Ip Man as someone trying to survive, which is to say just as often a victim as a victor."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It's admirable that Ip Man: The Final Fight takes a different approach to the character than the other Ip Man films out there, but it lacks the excitement that made Ip Man and Ip Man 2 so entertaining."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"Ip Man was a notable martial arts instructor, he was not a saint. Perhaps someday, somebody will make an accurate film about the man. Meanwhile, we have these kung fu pseudo-biopics to entertain us."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"The soul of this movie is really in its tireless references to the historical and social conditions of 1950s and 60s Hong Kong, whose street views are recreated in vibrant, saturated colours."
‑ Edmund Lee, Screen International
"Soap opera, set-bound and unexceptionally written and directed."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"The Final Fight plays out like a collection of greatest-hits vignettes barely connected to one another."
‑ Nick Schager, AV Club
"More a frequently elegant drama than an outright action movie."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Cut off from his home and family in China, martial-arts teacher Ip Man tries to adapt to life in Hong Kong. Intriguing if reverential account of an icon's final years."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Anthony Wong does a creditable job of conveying Ip Man's reflectiveness through his twilight years, occasionally cutting through the hagiographic nature of the enterprise."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"A film that's less a kung-fu movie and more a meditation on kung fu's limitations."
‑ Rob Staeger, Village Voice
"This is a rare case where, if a film had been livelier and less traditional and "respectful," its lead performance might have seemed less special."
‑ Danny Bowes, RogerEbert.com
"The action choreography eschews the slow-motion, wire-assisted grace of Yuen Woo Ping's in "The Grandmaster," but does a solid job of crisply and clearly showcasing a few epic brawls."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"In The Final Fight, the frequent full-combat interludes work against the truth-vs.-fiction themes of the rest of the film."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
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