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.