The first part of this likeable actioner sticks to the age-old kung fu template of poor acting and ridiculous fight-scene sound effects. But it takes a darker turn when, in 1937, the town is besieged by Japanese troops and everyone has to beg for work. Will Ip Man take up the offer of a Japanese officer’s clemency in exchange for teaching his troops? Yip’s film benefits from crisp cinematography and an engaging Seven Samurai-style storyline, but it’s Sammo Hung’s superbly choreographed kick-ass fight scenes that dazzle.
|Stars:||Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam, Yu Xing, You-Nam Wong, Chen Zhi Hui|