Ip Man 2

Ip Man 2 continues the quality of the first movie. A good majority of the creative team from the first movie were back in this one. Its especially felt in the fight scenes, music, and direction. It was written by Edmond Wong, the only writer returning from the first movie. I feel like this movie channels the best Rocky movies, and I mean that in the best way possible. I felt that even before boxing became central to the plot.

The plot is similar in some ways to the first movie. It introduces what you think will be an antagonist but, in this movie, they are more of a friendly rival. They are a way of introducing the primary antagonists. Much like in the first movie, in Ip Man 2 the primary antagonists are foreigners occupying where the movie is set. This movie is set about a year after the end of the previous movie.

Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Huang Xiaoming, Lynn Hung, Darren Shahlavi, Kent Cheng, Simon Yam, and Charles Mayer star. Both Shahlavi and Mayer do a great job of playing unrepentantly evil people. Both of them play characters that can only be described in that way because they show no hint of what would be considered regular humanity. Sammo Hung got to be on screen this go round instead of just choreographing fantastic fight scenes. Donnie Yen’s performance is more of the same, which is far from a bad thing since it was a highlight of the first movie.

The fights in Ip Man 2 are great but with Sammo Hung continuing to be the choreographer means that it has the same talent as the first movie. The effects throughout the movie are good. The makeup effects used for the bruises are impressive. Kenji Kawai’s music has a similar feel as the music from the previous movie, which fits since they’re supposed to be similar movies.

Ip Man 2 is a great sequel that is more of the same, which is high quality action. From what I know I’m halfway through the franchise which is interesting. I think I saw that there was a spinoff, but I don’t know if it is as easy to find as the main line movies. All four of the main line movies are on Netflix, so that’s where I’ve been watching them. I give Ip Man 2 9 bells out of 10.

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