Ip Man: The Final Fight is an upcoming action film that will feature the legendary Wing Chun and also called – The Grandmaster/Ip Man. This new movie is set in post-war Hong Kong where Wing Chun (played by Anthony Wong) is reluctantly called into action once more. The simple challenges from his rival kung fu styles soon become deadly, leading him into the dangerous world of the Triads. The Ip Man must once again fight to defend life and honor. Ip Man: The Final Fight also stars Gillian Chung, Jordan Chan and Eric Tsang. Check out the latest buzz for this new film below:
“The Legendary Grandmaster’s Story Continue in Ip Man: The Final Fight
There seems to be no end in sight for the lucrative Ip Man film series, which to date counts at least five biopics of the legendary kung fu master who trained Bruce Lee in the art of Wing Chun. The fame of the real-life Ip Man, who died in 1972, spread far beyond Chinese borders with January’s release of Wong Kar-wai’s romantic hit The Grandmaster, a reflective auteur actioner which set the bar extremely high as far as international audiences are concerned. Opening this year’s Hong Kong Film Festival, Herman Yau’s Ip Man – The Final Fight is an enjoyable if far less sophisticated tale that nostalgically taps into Hong Kong cinema of yesteryear, while still delivering considerable excitement in the fight scenes. Offshore, it may hitch a ride with dyed-in-the-wool martial arts fans on the coattails of The Grandmaster, but more likely will get lost in the shadow.
For the record, Wilson Yip directed the acclaimed 2008 Ip Man starring Donnie Yen, which focused on the master’s early life in Foshun; it was soon followed by the high-grossing Ip Man 2. Producer Raymond Wong has announced the imminent release of a third installment in 3D. Meanwhile, veteran Herman Yau directed the 2010 The Legend is Born – Ip Man with Dennis To portraying the master as a teenager learning his craft in China, effectively a prequel to the other films.
Still, none of the pictures, even those made with the consultation of Ip Man’s son Ip Chun, like The Final Fight, attempt anything like a rigorous biopic. Each reworks the main character into a mythic mold. Here, the focus is on the moral authority that an aging, Zen-like master exerts over his pupils during a very confused historical period in British-controlled Hong Kong of the 1950s.
Engaging veteran actor Anthony Wong plays an ironic older Ip Man who arrives in Hong Kong from the mainland as the curtain rises. His pretty wife Wing Sing soon follows him. They’ve lost their wealth and part of their family in China during the Sino-Japanese war and are looking to make a new, if humble, start. They are at once taken under the wing of an adoring group of working-class students who are passionate about learning the Chinese discipline of Wing Chun. Coming from all walks of life, these earnest young folk are involved in the politics of the day, including union strikes and clashes with the police, and a stand-off with organized crime.”
The rest of the article can be read at The Hollywood Reporter.
Ip Man: The Final Fight is directed by Herman Yau and is scheduled to have a limited screening on September 20th 2013.
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