Braved the subway and saw Ip Man 2 yesterday…what a great movie. Full of action, Kung Fu training, and top notch martial arts. My quick review is right below the video snippet.
Now, Ip Man was better in certain ways. It was more cohesive. Ip 2 lacked cohesiveness. However, for the true at heart, the first half of the movie was one long kung fu smackeroonie! Can’t go wrong with that!
The second half, however, dealt with the obligatory Chinese v Western Boxer duel.
The Westerner (Twisty Miller?) was appropriately muscled and over the top. And the fight scenes were handled well, and Sammo Hung delivered like only Sammo Hung Can.
My only real criticism is that some of the fight scenes were filmed too close up. It hid action that was deserving of another foot of camera space. That’s all, just another foot.
Anyway, it’s great kung fu, a real slice of Wing Chun, including great dummy and great Sticky Hands type training. Martial Arts purists will, of course, forgive flaws and plot, and enjoy this one immensely.
Oh, and there are a few ‘ah hah!” moments in the movie. It’s nice to see the spirit of Kung Fu presented.
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