Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ip Man 2 (2010) Review
The emotional upswing that is an important ingredient in Ip Man finds little place in Ip Man 2, barring the fact that Ip Man has now reached Hong Kong and wishes to open a Wing Chun martial arts school but faces stiff competition from Master Huang ( Sammo Hung) who forces him to prove himself as a Kung fu grandmaster. The other emotional uptake could be the first meeting between the Grandmaster of Wing Chun fame and his disciple Bruce Lee! So those who want to see Yen unleash his prowess in well choreographed battle sequences as a true Kung fu grandmaster, who can kick and who can hit, just go for Ip Man 2 [Blu-ray]
If you have watched the fight between Yen and Hung in ‘Killzone’ and found it eye-popping then you are in for a bigger and better surprise. In Ip Man 2 the two martial artists are at their fighting best and if for nothing else then that is a reason enough to buy this Blu-ray disc. You will not be able to take your eyes off the TV screen as you watch the martial arts giants fight on a shaky table top. This scene establishes Master Huang (Sammo) as the villain and Ip Man as the protagonist who faces a master fighter in every sense.
The typical uptake on cultural differences is presented through a fight scene where the Master has to face a western style boxer known as Twister and that really brings about a twist in the tale! This fight scene serves to bring about the differences in culture of the East and West but somehow the mix goes astray for some but others find the difference interesting and even intriguing. The well choreographed Boxing vs. Kung Fu fight adds an element of curiosity as the first half of Ip Man 2 is dominated by traditional Kung Fu fight sequences where none is the winner. Twister the boxer is played by Darren Shalavi of the ‘Mortal Kombat’ series who comes through as an unstoppable driving force and how Yen battles him out is reason enough to go in for Ip Man 2 [Blu-ray]
Ip Man 2 has similarities in plot to Ip Man as in both movies the title is played by Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and Simon Yam also share’s screen space here as well. A family and national pride theme runs through both movies. The fight is not only to remove the bad men but to show national pride which can only come through with establishing the Wing Chun Martial School. Though the sequel can be viewed as a stand alone, however, it makes complete sense only once Ip Man has been watched.
The US version of the Blu-ray disc is distributed by Well Go and comes as a single disc or with a DVD offering special features like ‘cut fight scenes’ and interviews with the cast. The Blu-ray disc has superior picture quality and understandable subtitles in English.