ip man: kung fu master
director: Liming Li (Fang Shi Yu: Gai shi ying xiong
starring: yu-hang to, michael wong, wanliruo xin and dongfeng yue
REVIEWER: luke williams
During his time as a police captain in Foshan, Ip Man is targeted by a vengeful gangster just as the Japanese army invades the region.
It seems like a long time since a classic kung-fu film has graced our screens and Ip Man: Kung Fu Master while having a fairly unimpressive narrative makes up for it with stunning fight sequences.
Decades before becoming Bruce Lee’s legendary teacher, the young Ip Man, then a police officer in Foshan and soon to become a father for the first time, is targeted for vengeance by Qing Chuan, the dangerous daughter of a ruthless but honourable mobster who’s been killed under mysterious circumstances while in custody at the police station. Soon, Ip Man must also contend with the arrival of the Japanese army in Guangdong province.
A classic kung-fu and martial art genre piece with a story that only serves to transport you between fight sequences, Ip Man returns in a fun and action packed film. The plot is thin and covers the basic. But, we didn’t head to the cinema for the storyline. We want action!
If you’ve enjoyed previous films in the franchise, this will not disappoint, for the most part. The action is nicely choreographed and filmed. Clearly, most of the production effort was focused here, and that is a good thing. Other camera work does not get the same sort of attention – particularly the drone shots.
While the story only serves to transport you between fight sequences, Ip Man: Kung-Fu Master delivers a fun, action packed kung-fu classic that will have you thoroughly entertained.