During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive.
Mentor of iconic legend Bruce Lee
Following on from watching The Grandmaster, I was told this movie was a better take on the story of Ip Man. The cinematography can’t compete with Kar-Wai’s style. However, the story has far more heart, is more realistic but still features intense fighting and even humour.
Although the cinematography is bland and the camerawork is quite poor – feeling like a 1940s movie – the character development is far better and the story much easier to follow.
Neither movie deals with how Ip Man became a master or explained his wealth which I found frustrating.