inferior to the first film on every level - flashy, boring, choppy fight scenes, weird pacing, too many characters and a strange final act that feels more like "rocky" than a kung fu movie. donnie yen is as good as ever in the title role though, and there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes...
Certianly not up to par with the first film especailly the second half. First half has some amazing martial arts sequences especailly a show stopper between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung. Second half unfortunately has that "been there done that" feel as chinese boxing versus western with predictable results. Kudos to Sammo Hung for fight choreography though.
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.
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.
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.