BY DAILY ARTS WRITERS
Published November 6, 2013
Ip Man: The Final Fight
As the remnant of a proud tradition and master of Bruce Lee, Ip Man still looms large in the imaginarium of Chinese cinema. Yet another movie based on his storied life releases this month on Netflix called, “Ip Man: The Final Fight.”
In all honesty, “The Final Fight” is scattered storytelling, connected by characters whose names you will soon forget, backgrounded by sets seemingly borrowed from Playhouse, and blotted with melodrama and bad kung fu sequences. Where previous imaginings focus almost entirely on his stalwart position against Western influence, this Ip Man takes a comfortable, humanistic step forward — creative interpretations notwithstanding. This movie should be watched by Ip Man fans, if only for Anthony Wong’s (“Infernal Affairs”) collected and quiet portrait.
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