A great film. Many credit Bruce Lee to be the father of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), before the world was ready for it. I guess that Ip Man the grandfather of the theory. Some people are so passionate about their art they will not hear a word against it. MMA was created to truly see which art was superior. However that asks the question, is it the art that makes the person great, or the person who makes the art great?
Now living in Hong Kong, times still tough for Ip Man, no money no marketable skills apart from teaching Wing Chun. He tries to open a school but does not have any students, till a brash 19 year walks in to see how good Ip is by challenging him to a fight, Ip realises how times have changed, where as before when he held back and did not deliver a punch the person was thankful now it is just assumed he can't. After soundly thrashing the youngster he becomes Ip's first student.
As Ip's popularity grows, the other martial arts masters are threatened, they demand Ip prove himself by facing them in combat. Great fights, great to see Donnie and Sammo mix it up again. Starting as rivals then then earning each others respect.
A boxing tournment has been set up, the world boxing chsmpion is an arigant brit, with no respect for other cultures or martial arts. Sammo standing up for national pride. The aged Sammo, is still technically superior but does not have the stamina or power to face an inshape champ. In Rocky IV style refuses to let Ip throw in the towel. Now Ip must fight where Sammo left off. With a whole country in his corner. Can Ip beat the younger, bigger, stronger champ.
Great film. I really enjoyed it. Loved the mix of Rocky and MMA. Boxing has always been the anti martial art it makes the perfect style for the villan of the movie.