Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man (Donnie Yen) has the perfect family, plenty of money, a beautiful house, and a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937, Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills soon catch the eye of a Japanese Colonel who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense challenge to both his training and his honor.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 01.27.2011
The film's fight choreography is again handled by the legendary Sammo Hung - he also now has a supporting role and incredibly shot his own fight scenes while recuperating from heart surgery - and that alone makes the film worth checking out.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 01.27.2011
A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism.Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, 01.28.2011
A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.Nick Schager, Village Voice, 01.25.2011