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Ip Man 2: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Simon Yam , Donnie Yen    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Yam, Donnie Yen
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I11VZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Grandmaster Returns 26 Nov 2010
By Mitun
'Ip Man 2' is a martial-arts sequel to the fantastic epic, 'Ip Man', which released in 2008. The sequel released to positive reviews and box-office success, making it one of the highest grossing Hong Kong features of 2010.

The movie continues to concentrate on the life of the martial artist, Ip Man (Grandmaster of Wing Chun) who was the real life Kung fu master of Bruce Lee. The makers originally intended to focus on the relationship between Ip Man and his student Bruce Lee in the sequel. However, due to a breakdown in agreeing the film rights with Lee's descendants, the idea was scrapped.

The second part shows Ip Man's (Donnie Yen) movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to promote Wing Chun (specializes in close-range combat) there by tutoring interested students. As he does this, he faces problems from rival students and masters of other forms of martial-arts. His main rival turns out to be Hung Chun-nam (Sammo Hung) who is the master of the martial-art, Hung Ga. This is a southern Chinese martial art associated with the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung, who was a master of Hung Ga. The hallmarks of Hung Ga are deep low stances and strong hand techniques.

I'll start with the flaws first, which are evident if you compare the sequel with the first installment. The story is a bit one-dimensional, the drama is not gripping most of the time and the pace is really slow barring the final 30-40 minutes. As a result, the film struggles to keep the attention of the viewer. Also the performances of the British actors is quite poor. Saying that, this outing still packs a serious punch. The flaws only exist due to the high standard set by the prequel. If watched as a stand-alone feature, this movie is great viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True hero 9 May 2012
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I loved the movie. And I think this part is even better than the first one. It is not just about martial arts - there is food for the soul here as well. Also, interesting to see how effective 'western boxing' is. I bet if you train 'Twitter' some MMA trick he would kick IP Man's ass in no time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asian experience 9 Jan 2014
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fantastic! Watched this 3 times now. Asian martial arts film at its best, with complete action from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as advertised 13 Mar 2012
By jones
DVD sent promptly and was exactly as described. Excellent service,competively priced and arrived undamaged. Lived up to expectatons, excellent fight sequences accompanied by accurate storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better 15 Oct 2011
By Leeam
I think most people agree that the first film is excellent. Ip Man 2 is perhaps inevitably something of a disappointment. Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung are great and it is well choreographed and shot. The problems (and there are several) are that the story is weak and it is really a series of fights loosely strung together. Also, the performances of the Western actors are bad. The Western characters are the worst stereotypes and the ending is a Rocky-style good triumphs against the odds over evil and everyone stands up and applauds. I think the script is the biggest problem here. It has some good scenes and the leads are very watchable plus young Bruce Lee turns up at the end but overall I just felt this could have been alot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ip Man 2 dvd 4 Sep 2011
Having watched Ip Man 1 [which I can't rave about highly enough as I thought it was excellent].
I purchased Ip Man 2 expecting to be equally Impressed,BUT SADLY was not. You really need to watch number 1 first as they do follow on slightly, but number 2 just didnt do it for me the story line was reasonable, that I would have to say, but the action was far too far choreographed and far fetched in parts which totally spoilt it for me!
Donnie Yen is a superb martial artist in my opinion, but this film was definatly a let down for me.
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