Ip Man 3 is mostly more of the same as the previous movies. I say mostly because this movie has something that the previous movies didn’t have to me. Ip Man 3 has an emotional core to it that wasn’t really in the previous movies. There was a focus on Ip Man’s relationship with his wife that was in the background of the previous movies.
I have to think the story structure largely remaining the same is thanks to Edmond Wong still being a writer for the series with Chan Tai-lee returning after a movie away and Jil Leung being a completely new writer. The story structure is similar to the previous movies but is switched up slightly. The primary conflict is actually between who was initially set up to be a friendly rival while who would have been the primary antagonist in the previous movies is just used to further the primary conflict.
Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Zhang Jin, Wenwen Han, Patrick Tam, Karena Ng, Kent Cheng, Bryan Leung, Louis Cheung, Danny Chan, Mike Tyson, and Tats Lau star in Ip Man 3. Lynn Hung gets to do a lot more in this movie than in the previous movies. Her performance is heart wrenching. Mike Tyson was a surprise in this movie. Donnie Yen and Zhang Jin offer interesting contrasts to each other. They both play their parts incredibly well.
The fight scenes have the same quality as the previous movies even though Sammo Hung wasn’t doing the fight choreography. Yuen Woo-ping is credited but Yen also did some of the choreography. The effects in the movie are great because they’re largely unnoticeable. Kenji Kawai returned to do the music for the movie. That offers even more consistency to the overall series.
Ip Man 3 is another fantastic kung fu movie but has an extra kick with an emotional core that I wasn’t prepared for. There’s only one more movie in the main series and I imagine that the fourth movie will finally properly include Bruce Lee. This movie is on Netflix, much like the previous movies in the series. I give Ip Man 3 8.5 red balloons out of 10.