For the most (legal) fun you can have this weekend, check out ‘Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster,’ opening today for a limited engagement at Cinemark Web Chapel 17 and Cinemark Legacy in Plano. Donnie Yen stars in the sequel, which doesn’t require that you see the highly-recommended original. All you need to know is that Yen plays an honorable martial arts master, the man who will eventually teach Bruce Lee.
“Following World War II, Ip Man moves his family to Hong Kong, where he intends to start a martial arts school. He is strongly resisted by the other martial arts masters in town, who question his skills and then demand a monthly stipend for their approval. Emotions remain contentious until a bloodthirsty American boxing champion arrives for a demonstration and kills a respected master in the ring. Differences are set aside as Ip Man fights for the honor of all Chinese people against American imperialism.
“For action junkies of all nationalities, the first hour or so of the picture is glorious, highlighted by something I’ve never seen before.”
You can read my entire review at Cinematical, where it was published after the film debuted locally as the centerpiece presentation of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. This is a rare treat, indeed, so don’t miss the opportunity to see it on the big screen.