Notable Cast: Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung
It's coming to the point where Ip Man films are evolving into their own genre within martial arts. Is it so hard to believe that there could be something like Ipsploitation? With the release of "Ip Man: The Final Fight," this will be the fifth film to be based on the historical figure of Ip Man since the awesome Donnie Yen/Wilson Yip film in 2008 and Anthony Wong will be the fourth actor to portray the titular character in just the US releases that I know of. I think that means we have a trend, no?
So just how does "The Final Fight" fit into this trend? Well, "The Final Fight" feels like less of a cash in then the prequel "The Legend Is Born" with its classic kung fu motifs (also directed by Herman Yau), but it's not quite the dramatic effort that "The Grandmaster" seemed intent on building. It's a film that tries to balance the two elements and follow the formulas created by the previously mentioned Yen/Yip entries. It starts off with a narration by Ip Man's son who is telling the story of the final years of his father's life (ironically so, considering his character really doesn't show up til the second half of the film) as his father moves to Hong Kong to attempt at making more money to support his family who stayed in their home town. Here he starts a new school and all kinds of shit goes down.
|If Wing Chun could be angry, this would be it.
|Surprise! Eric Tsang bitches!
|"You're holding hands wrong!"
Written By Matt Reifschneider