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Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ip Man 2 - C

Rated R for violence, 107 minutes
In Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese with English subtitles

More of the same kung fu in "Ip Man 2"

If kung fu or marital arts is your thing, you'll enjoy "Ip Man 2," the sequel to the successful Chinese 2008 film "Ip Man," a semi-autobiographical tale of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the Wing Chun martial arts. This follows Ip Man (Donnie Yen, again reprising his role) in Hong Kong following the events of the first film, this time facing even more challenges from other martial arts practictioners in the area. Chinese filmmaker Wilson Yip again directs, but the flimsy story seems a weak excuse to stage some sublime martial arts sequences, which are the clear highlight of the film. The fast-paced, quick style provides good enough reason why the "Ip Man" films are so popular in the East and just now audiences are beginning to discover them. The first film is clearly better, but if you want some above-average martial arts, then "Ip Man 2" is your man.