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Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Anthony Wong (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor)
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In 2010, producer Checkley Sin and director Herman Yau explored Ip Man the righteous, patriotic Wing Chun grandmaster in The Legend is Born – Ip Man. Three years later, the team shows us a more human side of Master Ip with Ip Man: The Final Fight. People know Ip Man as the Wing Chun grandmaster that defeated Japanese soldiers, racist boxers and Zhang Ziyi on the big screen. However, The Final Fight depicts a later stage of Master Ip's life as a humble Wing Chun teacher in 1950s and 1960s Hong Kong. Based on anecdotes about Master Ip's life directly from his son Ip Chun, the action drama shows the master as a normal man who simply wanted to pass on the art of Wing Chun to his students, even as labor unrest, corruption and crime swept the rapidly developing city. At the same time, he is also a respected figure who would not hesitate to go into action to protect his students.

In this latest take on the martial arts legend, award-winning actor Anthony Wong takes up the role of Master Ip in a dignified and commanding performance. One of the best actors in Hong Kong, Wong not only learned Wing Chun especially for the role, he also became the only actor to adapt Ip's real-life Foshan accent. Joining Wong is a strong supporting cast that includes Jordan Chan (Young and Dangerous), Anita Yuen (Protégé), Zhou Chu Chu (Dream Home), Gillian Chung (Twins Effect), Timmy Hung, Jiang Luxia, Xiong Xin Xin (Once Upon a Time in China) and Eric Tsang.

In 1949, 56-year-old Ip Man (Anthony Wong) leaves Foshan in search of a new life in Hong Kong. After an impromptu sparring match, Ip takes up his first disciple, Leung Seung (Timmy Hung). With Seung's help, Ip establishes a makeshift Wing Chun school on an apartment building's rooftop. Eventually, Ip attracts a group of loyal students from all walks of life, including a policeman, a factory laborer, a tram driver and others. As his students face troubles inside and outside of the school over the years, Master Ip remains a strong, unwavering moral figure in their lives.

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Product Title: Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 葉問:終極一戰 (2013) (DVD) (單碟版) (香港版) 叶问:终极一战 (2013) (DVD) (单碟版) (香港版) 葉問:終極一戰 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Anthony Wong (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Zhou Ding Yu (Actor) | Anita Yuen (Actor) | Timmy Hung (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Zhou Chu Chu (Actor) | Ip Chun (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 陳小春 (Actor) | 鍾欣潼 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 周 定宇 (Actor) | 袁詠儀 (Actor) | 洪天明 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 (Actor) | 周楚楚 (Actor) | 葉準 (Actor) | 張 頌文 (Actor) 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 陈小春 (Actor) | 鍾欣潼 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 周 定宇 (Actor) | 袁咏仪 (Actor) | 洪天明 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 蒋璐霞 (Actor) | 周楚楚 (Actor) | 叶准 (Actor) | 张 颂文 (Actor) 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 陳小春 (ジョーダン・チャン) (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 (ジリアン・チョン) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | Zhou Ding Yu (Actor) | 袁詠儀(アニタ・ユン) (Actor) | 洪天明(ティミー・ハン) (Actor) | 熊欣欣(ホン・ヤンヤン) (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 (ジャン・ルーシャー) (Actor) | 周楚楚(チョウ・チュウチュウ) (Actor) | Ip Chun (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) Anthony Wong (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Zhou Ding Yu (Actor) | Anita Yuen (Actor) | Timmy Hung (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Zhou Chu Chu (Actor) | Ip Chun (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor)
Director: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
Producer: Checkley Sin 冼國林 冼国林 Checkley Sin Checkley Sin
Release Date: 2013-07-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033671551

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Producer: Checkley Sin
Director: Yau Lai To

In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, he has no choice but to fight one last time...
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Professional Review of "Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 29, 2013

This professional review refers to Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
You can never have too much Ip Man. Besides the blockbuster Donnie Yen films and that little Wong Kar-Wai movie, the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man has inspired a prequel, a TV drama and even a stage musical in Singapore. The latter two have yet to premiere but here to shame them all is director Herman Yau's Ip Man – The Final Fight, the poorly-titled but possibly best Ip Man film in this cycle of biographies. Played by Anthony Wong, this version of Ip Man is not an idealized ass-kicker or a suffering romantic. Not to knock other interpretations, but most of them clutter the usual hagiography with added concerns (nationalism, Zhang Ziyi, singing). Final Fight offers more of the man and the humanism that defined him, with only occasional detours for the "Come at me, Bro" moments that martial arts films require. It may not be the most commercial biopic, but Ip Man – The Final Fight does right by Ip Man himself.

Final Fight also gets Hong Kong right, depicting the city with authentic detail over a nearly twenty-year period from 1949 until the late 60s. The film starts with Ip Man's beginnings as a Wing Chun teacher in Hong Kong, as we're introduced to the students who will play a role in his life, including Leung Sheung (Timmy Hung), Lee King (Jiang Luxia), Chan Sei-Mui (Gillian Chung) and Wong Tung (Marvel Chow). Issues surrounding them, such as poverty and labor disputes, help illuminate some of Ip Man's values and paint a picture of the problems plaguing British-governed Hong Kong. One student, policeman Tang Sing (Jordan Chan), encounters racism and corruption in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, and seeks advice from Ip Man. But while martial arts can impart health and wisdom, it can't help Tang with the pressure to take bribes. Ip Man can teach his students, but he has less impact on the world around him.

This depiction of Ip Man as ineffectual is realistic, and in step with Herman Yau's aims. Also responsible for the average The Legend is Born – Ip Man, Yau seems less concerned with hero worship than developing Ip Man through the prism of 50s-60s Hong Kong, from its social issues to its popular songs and even its culinary trends. The film was shot on an elaborately-constructed set that evokes the period with reverence and affection. Ip Man's personal problems also receive focus: politics separates Ip Man from his wife Wing Shing (Anita Yuen) and, in ensuing years, he befriends a lonely singer (Zhou Chuchu). Situations lack grand emphasis and conflicts are not always resolved. That's fine, however, as resolution occurs more often in movies than in real life, and the film hits its emotional peaks by showing how Ip Man responds to the world around him. Ip is ultimately defined through his perseverance, acceptance and tolerance, and Yau imparts those values with respect and humanity.

It helps greatly that Anthony Wong plays Ip Man. Unlike the male power fantasy or romantic icon seen in other biopics, Wong's Ip Man is humble and unassuming but with strong principles – basically the perfect dad if you’re not looking for hugs. Wong handles Ip Man's humility and inner calm well, and he also brings the action. Apart from some occasional doubling, Wong ably handles Li Chung-Chi and Checkley Sin's action design, participating in complex hand-to-hand choreography while always looking in control. There's a sly subversion with the casting; Anthony Wong doesn't look like the movie approximation of a grandmaster, but real-life grandmasters probably look more like Wong than Donnie Yen. A bonus moment: when Anthony Wong fights Eric Tsang, who plays Pak Hoi master Ng Chung. Their bout is short but impactful, efficiently explaining pages of Ip Man's personality and martial arts philosophy with a single scene. Also, the fight is two kind-of-dumpy guys going toe-to-toe like bosses. Donnie Yen might not approve of action this superficially unpleasing.

The film's period focus and lack of an overarching story makes it more of a leisurely sit than other Ip Man biopics, though the action is varied and frequent enough to entertain. A short sparring match between Ip Man and Leung Sheung is an illuminating bit of Wing Chun, while a free-for-all at a lion dance competition pits Ip Man against the villainous Ngai Ba-Tin (Ken Lo). Xiong Xin-Xin appears as Dragon, the high-kicking overlord of the crime-infested Kowloon Walled City, and Yau cheekily goes meta, using faked newsreel footage and over-the-top reporting to visually enhance Dragon's fighting prowess. Ip Man's abilities also get the exaggerated kung-fu treatment when a journalist glowingly embellishes a fight between Ip and some of Ng Chung’s students. The climactic fight between Ip Man and Dragon, which takes place in the Walled City during 1962's Typhoon Wanda, brings the mixture of meta martial arts actioner, character drama and historical panorama to a rousing if unrealistic end.

Near the film's close, one scene references Bruce Lee, widely considered to be Ip Man's most famous student, and basically throws him under the bus. Lee isn't roundly vilified but is subtly shown as a self-promoter who wants to use both Ip Man and Wing Chun for personal gain. The portrayal of Lee is telling (the film is based on the recollections of Ip Man's son Ip Chun), but so is Ip Man's: When faced with the opportunity to gain fame, Ip Man politely deflects and fades into the crowd, content to live his humble, unassuming life. Final Fight goes easy on Ip Man but it also doesn’t romanticize him, and pushes the idea that a man can make his mark by being humble, disciplined and quietly forthright. These ideas clash with a title like "The Final Fight", but they’re well-supported, resonant and very much in keeping with Herman Yau and indeed the very philosophy of Wing Chun. Ip Man – The Final Fight is the film that Ip Man deserves, and frankly, the Ip Man biography that we need.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Of the recent flock of Ip Man films, the Wong Kar Wai film is the most beautiful and the first Wilson Yip/Donnie Yen movie the most thrilling. Director Herman Yau's "Ip Man: The Final Fight" is the most interesting of the bunch, in great part because it downplays myth-making and strives for historical accuracy. It might seem counterintuitive that accurately representing the life of a man as unassuming as Ip Man could be so compelling. Credit the superb performance of Anthony Wong; he creates such an intriguing version of Ip Man that the viewer becomes determined to learn just what makes this man tick.

The film's evocation of the Hong Kong of the '50s and '60s is splendid (although I wondered whether Hong Kong's streets really were quite so clean back then). Great care was taken in creating realistic sets; the costuming and music also are magically evocative. Through the story, we are drawn into a time of labor unrest, police corruption, and gangland violence. Ip Man arrives in this turbulent milieu with no intention other than to share his knowledge of Wing Chun martial arts.

Perhaps it was inevitable that a figure so magnetic as Ip Man would become drawn into the problems of the era through entanglements created by his less humble students. These include police officer Tang Sing (Jordan Chan) torn between the corruptions of his environment and the honor learned from Master Ip, hot-headed Wong Tung (Marvel Chow) whose determination to make a name for himself brings him into a fateful confrontation with mobster Dragon (Xiong Xin Xin), and Lee King (Jiang Lu Xia) who demands that her fellow laborers stand up for their rights. Anita Yuen superbly brings Ip's wife Wing Sing to life. Other than Ip Man himself, the most compelling figure in the film is singer Jenny (Zhou Chu Chu) who is drawn to Master Ip when he defends her tarnished honor; Ms. Zhou captures her beauteous character's hunger for respectability and brittle lack of self-esteem.

Towering over it all is the marvelously controlled performance of Anthony Wong in surely his best role in years. It's a quiet performance; Wong's Master Ip seldom raises his voice or speaks sharply. Nonetheless, his is a commanding presence, although he seeks to command no one. And, yes, Wong proves convincing in his execution of Wing Chun skills. If you only watch one of the recent storm of Ip Man movies, choose this Herman Yau gem.
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