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Ip Man 2 (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Donnie Yen | Sammo Hung | Wilson Yip (Director) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor)
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Donnie Yen, director Wilson Yip, and producer Raymond Wong repeat the incredible success of the first Ip Man film with Ip Man 2. Transporting the story from World War II Foshan to colonial era Hong Kong, everything is bigger than ever in the continuation of this successful action franchise. In addition to a charismatic Donnie Yen returning as Wing Chun master Ip Man, action director Sammo Hung also joins the cast as a powerful martial arts master that Ip Man must defeat to survive in Hong Kong. The two action actors go up against each other in an explosive bout that even surpasses their previous match-up in SPL. In addition to Hung, Ip Man cast members Lynn Xiong, Fan Siu Wong, and Simon Yam are joined by new additions Huang Xiao Ming (The Message) and Kent Cheng. With a stirring story and impressive fight scenes, Ip Man 2 packed theaters and touched audiences throughout Asia, quickly becoming one of the highest-grossing Asian films of 2010.

After defending himself against the Japanese army in the first film, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) goes with his family to start anew in Hong Kong. He starts a small martial arts school, recruiting the young and brash Wong Leung (Huang Xiao Ming) as his student. However, Ip finds out the hard way that the Hong Kong martial arts world is controlled by a group of martial arts masters, led by the powerful Master Hung (Sammo Hung). To survive in Hong Kong, Ip not only needs to gain acceptance from the masters, but also from the corrupted British-run police force and an arrogant British boxer (Darren Shahlavi).

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Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen | Sammo Hung | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Kent Cheng | Simon Yam | Fan Siu Wong | Fung Hak On | Law Mong | Lynn Xiong | Carlson Cheng | Dennis To | Li Ze | Pierre Ngo 甄 子丹 | 洪金寶 | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 鄭則仕 | 任達華 | 樊少皇 | 馮克安 | 羅莽 | 熊 黛林 | 鄭 家星 | 杜 宇航 | 李 澤 | 敖 嘉年 甄 子丹 | 洪金宝 | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 郑则仕 | 任达华 | 樊少皇 | 冯克安 | 罗莽 | 熊 黛林 | 郑 家星 | 杜 宇航 | 李 泽 | 敖 嘉年 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) | 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 鄭則仕(ケント・チェン) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) | 樊少皇(ルイス・ファン) | 馮克安 (フォン・ハクオン) | 羅莽(ロー・モン) | 熊黛林 (リン・ホン) | 鄭家星(カールソン・チェン) | 杜宇航 (デニス・トー) | Li Ze | Pierre Ngo 견자단 | Sammo Hung | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Kent Cheng | 임 달화 | 번소황 | Fung Hak On | Law Mong | Lynn Xiong | Carlson Cheng | Dennis To | Li Ze | Pierre Ngo
Director: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Producer: Raymond Wong 黃 百鳴 黄 百鸣 黄百鳴(レイモンド・ウォン) Raymond Wong
Release Date: 2011-04-19
UPC Code: 812491012062
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: United States, Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 149 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023923628

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Professional Review of "Ip Man 2 (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (US Version)"

July 14, 2010

This professional review refers to Ip Man 2 (2010) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Ip Man 2 sees Donnie Yen reprising his role as the Wing Chun master and all round defender of the Chinese nation, continuing the story of the great man's life as he heads to Hong Kong following the end of the Sino-Japanese War. Director Wilson Yip and producer Raymond Wong also return, as do cast members Lynn Xiong, Fan Siu Wong, and even Simon Yam. Perhaps more excitingly, the legendary Sammo Hung lends his talents to the film, both as action director and in a starring role, offering the chance to see him going head to head with Yen as they did to exhilarating effect in SPL. He is joined by a number of other new stars, including Huang Xiao Ming (The Message) and veteran character actor Kent Cheng (who also recently featured with Yen in Wilson Yip's excellent Flash Point). Unsurprisingly, the film was a massive box office hit, not only in China but across Asia, ranking as one of the top grossing productions of 2010 to date.

The film takes up where the original left off, with Ip Man and his family leaving Foshan in 1949 for colonial Hong Kong after the hardships that followed the end of the Sino-Japanese War. Trying to make a living and continue his Wing Chun teachings, he opens a small martial arts school and recruits Wong Leung (Huang Xiao Ming) and a number of his friends. Unfortunately, he soon finds out the hard way that in order to teach in Hong Kong, he first has to gain the acceptance of the local masters, in particular the venerable Master Hung (Sammo Hung). Making matters more complicated are the corrupt British police, who seem determined to humiliate the Chinese, organising a deadly tournament featuring a vicious English boxer called Twister (the British Darren Shahlavi, who moved to Hong Kong in the 1990s and featured in Yuen Woo Ping's Tai Chi 2).

A particularly pleasing aspects of Ip Man 2 is that as a biopic continuation of the life of a fascinating historical figure, it avoids the kind of cheap cash in lazy plotting so often associated with sequels. As such, the film feels natural, and quickly gets back into the swing of things without any needless recaps or covering of familiar ground. One of the reasons why the original worked so well was due to Yen's immensely likeable lead performance, as well as the film's depiction of Ip Man as a steadfastly righteous and all round nice guy, and he slips comfortably back into the role, making for a winning protagonist whose story engages throughout. The returning cast members similarly help and add a valuable air of continuity, even though Yam has very little to do in what really only amounts to a cameo appearance. Perhaps the only downside is that the film's plot is rather familiar, basically focusing on the British attempts to prove the inferiority of Chinese martial arts, with the whole tournament set up having been seen in a number of other recent genre films such as Fearless and True Legend. Still, the premise is well handled and fun, especially since the English villains are overplayed to a presumably unintentional degree of pantomime hilarity, enough so to dispel any serious notions of anti-western sentiment.

In terms of action the film certainly delivers, with a good number of impressively choreographed sequences. Hung's fight choreography is tight and exciting, with an old school feel and never falling back too much on the use of obvious computer enhancements. Most of the duels are fast and furious, with Yen getting plenty of chances to show off his incredible acrobatic skills and speed. His duel with Hung is inevitably one of the film's standout scenes, and for genre fans is probably worth the price of admission on its own. Although somewhat predictable in its Rocky like pacing, Yen's long final battle against the amusingly arrogant and psychotic Twister is suitably stirring and bone crunchingly brutal, and it's hard not to get a kick out of the fact that the unfailingly noble Ip Man still finds the energy and time to deliver a final sermon on people getting along and respecting each other.

In many ways this scene neatly sums up Ip Man 2, a film which manages to balance some intense action and excitement with themes that are well meaning without ever being patronising. Anchored by Yen, Yip and Hung, the film stands as a highly enjoyable and respectable continuation of the original, and is easily one of the best Chinese blockbusters of the year.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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