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Ip Man 2(葉問2)

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Hong Kong, China · 2010
Rated R · 1h 48m
Director Wilson Yip
Starring Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
Genre Action, Drama, History

Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong.

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What are people saying?

Ricardo Rico Profile picture for Ricardo Rico

As is consistent throughout the entire Ip Man series, the action in Ip Man 2 is the standard to beat in martial arts films. Donnie Yen continues to showcase his talent as a martial artist and even an actor, playing the reserved but confident Ip Man. Ip Man 2 however really goes above and beyond with the story, with compelling motivations and clear stakes that are impossible not to get invested in.

What are critics saying?


Time Out by

Yip's chop-socky sequel does manage to up the (admittedly modest) ante of the original.


San Francisco Chronicle by Amy Biancolli

If the movie packs a weaker punch than the original, it has less to do with the action sequences than the script (by Edmond Wong, son of Raymond, who wrote the first), a flimsy affair with subpar villains.


The New York Times by 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.


Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

An energetic, witty and altogether well-built martial arts drama that is familiar in many ways but distinguished by its high level of craft, its sincere sentiment and drama, and the forceful charisma of its star, Donnie Yen.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

The piéce de résistance is a "Rocky"-ish battle between bare-fisted Ip (Donnie Yen) and a racist Brit who uses boxing gloves and goes by the name Twister.


Boxoffice Magazine by Wade Major

A superbly well-crafted film, faithful to its cultural and cinematic heritage, and easily one of the most enjoyable entertainments of a still nascent 2011 post-holiday season.

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