Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (Blu-ray)
Behind every great martial artist lies a teacher.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 19, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Well Go Usa
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Making Of
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Cantonese
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen, Kent Cheng, Pierre Ngo, Huang Xiaoming, Darren Shahlavi, Lynn Hung, Fan Siu-Wong, Xiong Dailin & To Yue-hong|
|Directed by||Yip Wai-Shun & Wilson Yip|
|Edited by||Ka-Fai Cheung|
|Screenwriting by||Edmond Wong|
|Composition by||Kenji Kawai, Calvin Cheng & Chris Babida|
|Director of Photography:||Kenji Kawai & Poon Hang-sang|
Rating: 3/4 -- Despite this slackening of narrative urgency, Wilson Yip has duplicated the flawed approach of the earlier movie with striking exactitude. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- It's a second installment of a film bio of Ip Man, and it's pretty much made-up nonsense, but few will care, as it's also great fun. Full Review
3 stars out of 4 -- [T]here is a convincing illusion of realism....Donnie Yen makes an interesting martial-arts star.
Ip Man 2 is frankly one of the very best Hong Kong/martial arts movies I've seen in years. Full Review
[M]uch of the action happens within the frame itself, feet and hands flying about with strong, decisive camera movements often giving the scenes and unexpectedly graceful quality.
Los Angeles Times
A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- When Donnie Yen is up there defying gravity and seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his fists, a lot is forgiven. Full Review
Hong Kong film star Donnie Yen reprises his role as Ip Man in this semi-autobiographical sequel following the adventures of the grand master of Wing Chun. The Sino-Japanese War has ended, and after defending his people with wushu, Ip escapes the wrath of the Japanese by fleeing to Foshan. Failing to find peace even in his own homeland, Ip relocates his family to Hong Kong in 1949. Once there, Ip begins teaching Wing Chun to a group of pupils that includes Wong Leung (Huang Xiao Ming), who soon clashes with Cheng Wei Ki (Dennis To). Embarrassed at having been beaten so badly by Wong in a fight, Cheng kidnaps his rival and takes him to a fish market owned by Master Hung (Sammo Hung). Blaming Ip for the damage done by Wong, Master Hung demands that the other teacher defeat practitioners of all wushu varieties in the time it takes to burn a single joss stick. Incredibly, Ip meets the challenge, impressing Master Hung, who then gives him permission to open his own wushu school. When Master Hung gives Ip a ticket to the King of Boxing Competition, a friendship is forged between the two former rivals. After a competitor nicknamed Twister is named the winner, he beats Cheng and friends for celebrating with wushu, and claims he can defeat Master Hung with three simple blows. Though Master Hung maintains the upper hand throughout most of the fight, Twister eventually lands a punch that knocks his superior down. In the wake of the fight, tensions between the locals and Westerners begin heating up, and the local superintendent responds by announcing a kung fu competition. When Ip defeats all challengers, including Twister, Wing Chun gains popularity throughout Hong Kong, and the highly respected master begins teaching a young disciple named Bruce Lee, who will bring the art of Chinese wushu to Westerners before dying tragically at the tender age of 32.
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