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Quick take: Ip Man 2
Thu, Apr 29, 2010
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IP MAN 2 (PG)
Action/108 minutes
Score: 3.5/5

THIS epic martial-arts flick lives up to its predecessor's success, with enough gongfu moves and tense drama to excite any moviegoer.

Donnie Yen reprises his role as Wing Chun master Ip Man, who had fled to Hong Kong after the war and started up a new martial-arts school.

There, an English boxer (Darren Shahlavi) is portrayed as an ignorant Western monster who puts down Chinese martial arts.

While not as big a movie as the first one, which focuses on heartbreaking and intense issues arising from the Japanese occupation in China, this film evokes Chinese pride with its strong cultural roots.

Sure, at times the heavy nationalistic tone can make one squirm a little. But convincing performances from Yen and action director Sammo Hung, not to mention the neat fight scenes, make this film fail-safe.

JOY FANG


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