|Ip Man 2 (2010)|
|Rating: 7.6/10 (66,285 votes)
Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Tai-Li Chan, Hiu-Yan Choi, Edmond Wong (screenplay)
Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Hung
Runtime: 108 min
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Released: 29 Apr 2010
|Plot: Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.|
Wing Chun master Ip Man and his family move to Hong Kong in the early 1950s after their escape from the war-torn Foshan. There, Ip desires to open a school to propagate his art, as well as make a living during the difficult times, but he has difficulty attracting students due to his lack of reputation in the city. One day, a young man named Wong Leung appears and promptly challenges Ip to a fight, but is easily defeated. Wong leaves humiliated, only to return with some friends to gang up on him. Ip beats them as well. Stunned and impressed by his skills, Wong and his friends become Ip’s first students, bringing more disciples to help the school thrive.
Wong is later caught posting promotional posters for the school by some Hung Gar students. One of them challenges Wong to a fight and loses, but his friends take Wong hostage in revenge and demand a ransom from Ip. Ip goes to the local wet market as directed, but the meeting ends in a confrontation with a growing mob of Hung Ga students. Ip and Wong fight their way outside to meet Jin Shanzhao, a martial artist and former bandit, who comes to their rescue with his own gang. The students’ master and head of the coalition of Hong Kong martial arts clubs, Hung Chun-nam, arrives to break up the fight. Ip introduces himself, and Hung informs him that before setting up a school, he needs to attend a special fighting ceremony to test his worth. Ip, Wong and Jin are subsequently arrested by Officer Fatso for disturbing the peace but are later released on bail. Hung and Fatso are then shown to be acting as reluctant collectors for the martial arts schools (including Hung’s) as part of a protection racket headed by Superintendent Wallace, a corrupt officer in the Hong Kong police.