Truly outstanding martial arts epic based on the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man pits the grand master against a Western boxer in British occupied Hong Kong. It tends to paint in broad strokes, especially with the villainous British characterizations, but damn if this isn't one wildly entertaining film.
Compared to the first one, we have less historical facts, and more wing chun style explanations, interesting then for the latter point. But it is quite bad as a movie: very bad acting, caricatural characters and situation. Gladly it's still awesome as an action and martial art show, with the fabulous movements of Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung <3. The final fight is too long and without the tension of the first movie.
God-awful movie. Phenomenally stupid reactionary script and terrible acting. Fight scenes are disappointing, overblown and nowhere as precise and hard as in the first one. It hurts me to say this since I'm a fan of Donnie, but this was one of the worst films I watched last year.
To be honest, IP MAN 2 doesn't have a good storytelling. Like the previous movie, it tells about occupation. This time it's British. It offered nothing new in its plot. It's still patriotism and nationalism of Chinese people. Sometimes, it feels overdramatic. But man... IP MAN 2 really has a fantastic action sequence. It's well choreographed. Donnie Yen is still charming like in the previous movie. IP MAN 2 is great!
Après un impressionnant Ip Man 1, on reprend la même équipe et...on se plante royalement!!! Alors que le premier justifiait (un peu) son nationalisme outrancier par son contexte (la WW2), ici, celui-ci devient totalement insupportable et phagocyte littéralement le film, le tout couplé à une histoire sans intérêt et un jeu d'acteur calamiteux. N'en jetez plus! Seule la scène de combat sur des tables a su me marquer.