Ip Man 3 is the most profound of the Ip Man Trilogy, with many details overlooked by General Audiences (by edisonlightinghouse)
Let's face it, many of us knew about Ip Man because of Donnie Yen. While there have been many other "Ip Man" movies produced by other film companies, other teams and directors, Peagasus Motion Pictures have declared that these have no relations to Donnie Yen's Ip Man trilogy. The other Ip Man movies have been mediocre at best, in terms of both critical and commercial success.The truth is the Ip Man trilogy is like the Dark Knight trilogy. While Dark Knight 2008 was so good, people were thinking how Dark Knight Rises 2012 can surpass that, and expectations were Sky-High. <more>
Similarly, our expectations of Ip Man 3 is at an all time high, due to the hugely enjoyable Ip Man 2008 and Ip Man 2 2010 .Was the Dark Knight Rises a good movie? Definitely. But when expectations are high, and compared to Dark Knight 2008 , people left the cinema disappointed.This is where the difference comes in, director Wilson Yip and Producer Raymond Wong took a risk. They decided to go for a different direction with Ip Man 3, a stark contrast from Ip Man 1 and 2. Instead of Nationalist Pride, the main focus of Ip Man 3 is human emotion and melodrama. Instead of just realistic fight scenes, Yuen Woo Ping Iron Monkey, Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was brought in to add "beauty" and "detail" into every fight scene? So what is the result? A beautiful film in its own right, which may spark differences in opinion between people who understood the film, and people who don't.Fans who are not used to Yuen Woo Ping's style will find the action weaker than Ip Man 1 and 2. But fans who look at details, and understanding of Martial Arts will enjoy Yuen's style much more than Sammo Hung, be it water droplets fading upon reaching the ground, glass causing balloon string to snap, "One-inch punch" finish, we are looking at extreme details and incredible beauty of martial arts, which have NEVER been present in Ip Man 1 and 2.Director Wilson Yip's way of expressing his ideas in Ip Man 3 is that much deeper than previous films. Be it hinting "Be like water", or the first scene of "Butterfly" a Chinese mythology of a returning spirit of a love one, key hint to subsequent events in the film , there are many details which ordinary viewers might overlook, but observant viewers will fall in love with the film.Now, refocusing back on Donnie Yen. Many fans will be watching Ip Man 3 simply because Donnie is back as Ip Man, and to many people... "Donnie Yen IS Ip Man", and there have been voices of boycott of other unrelated Yip Mun films starring other actors.For fans of Donnie Yen, his performance will not disappoint you. His performance as a grounded, highly-skilled martial artist continue to impress, but its his work as a father and as a husband that will stay in our hearts forever. Ip Man is willing to give up his cigarette addiction for his family, and to give up any prestige and reputation for his son when he was kidnapped and his wife to spend more time with her .Donnie's performance in his movie alone, is capable of leaving audiences in tears in the cinema. His jokes in the films are excellent, while his emotional scenes touch the hearts of every audience.To sum it all up, Ip Man 3 is the excellent and perhaps perfect ending to the Ip Man trilogy. But one needs to use his/her heart to understand, and use their eyes to observe.. not just the fight scenes, but every emotional scene.Ip Man 3 has improved dramatically from the previous 2 installments, due to the additional of love stories and humour, besides incredible action by Yuen Woo Ping.While many is claiming that Ip Man 3 is the best of the trilogy, I will not go so far as that. I personally felt that Ip Man 3 is definitely better than Ip Man 2, and is definitely on par with Ip Man 2008 .Ip Man 3 and its previous 2 installments will definitely become classics, and Ip Man 3 will be a film we still talk about for decades to come, just like the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Ip Man 3 is a touching ending to the Ip Man Trilogy, a movie with more depth than the previous two (by tiger-lion_eternalenemie)
I will try to keep this spoiler free. Donnie Yen returns for Ip Man 3, and despite being produced by the same team, the theme that is explored... is that much deeper. Ip Man focuses on "Survival", Ip Man 2 focuses on Everyday Life and Making a Living, while Ip Man 3 focuses on "Life" itself.The audience will need to pay attention to details to enjoy the movie fully, starting from the first scene, and really understand how the first scene relates to the whole story. So... REMEMBER the first scene! The Butterfly Scene There are subtle hints hidden in the move, be it Bruce <more>
Lee's quote of "Be Like Water" or "One-Inch Punch" where viewers really need to pay attention to the story and choreography to understand.Ip Man 1 and 2 focuses on grounded action, and realistic choreography. Ip Man 3 has that, but added another layer of beauty to the movie, thanks to Yuen Woo Ping Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 's choreography. The details of every fight scene can be enjoyed and explored. While many think that Ip Man 3 will be just a martial arts exhibition, but the team managed to bring in a layer of emotion we have not seen in 1 and 2. Donnie's Ip Man is now a much more grounded, humble and just that neighborhood family guy we all love. Donnie Yen's performance here is nothing sort of amazing.Lynn Hung's performance is also outstanding.All in all, the movie may not please all critics and fans who ONLY loves hard-hitting action, but if you are looking at an Ip Man movie with Great action, great humour and that sense of touch with a love story, then Ip Man 3 is the best in the series.
To those of you asking where the second child is, this story is actually correct. The elder son is 12 years older than the younger one and was continuing his studies back in Foshan at the time. I personally enjoyed this movie a lot, great themes, awesome morals, great story line, and I love the comedy in this movie as well. Very cheeky, but cute comedy. The fight scenes were great as well, loved every minute of it. You can actually feel emotion from the movie. They really did a good job of not only incorporating the true story of Ip Man, but also making sure to keep it a movie, not a <more>
documentary. Awesome job done by Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, and their director, Wilson Yip.
Just a short review;Ip Man movie series is the reason why we love Chinese martial art films. This elegant biographical film that focuses on Ip Man's humble personal life is charming and engaging. It is a lot of fun, has fascinating actions and bittersweet moments! Ip Man 3 is certainly a must watch if you love martial art film and Chinese culture!Additional notes for this mini review since it does not meet minimum length on IMDb 1. Quite balanced and culturally fair, sorry no spoilers, no more elaboration. 2. Running time is not too long or short. 3. Did not spot any film goofs, even if <more>
there is, they are not too obvious. 4. Beautiful settings and props. 5. Those who understand Cantonese will find the whole movie more hilarious.
This movie has all the great elements from the first Ip Man, and it's a welcome return to form after the rather mediocre second film in the series.There's some pretty awesome and diverse fight choreography, with the classic Hong Kong street gang melee in a shipping yard, fight scenes incorporating wing chung vs traditional boxing, wing chun vs a thai fighter, and more use of weapons than the previous films.Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the acting/story. Donnie Yen plays the same reserved and respectful Ip Man as in the past. He's not going to win any Oscars, but I think <more>
he does a good job conveying the philosophical teachings of Wing Chun. Action slows down around half-way through the movie as it focuses on familial issues, and some viewers might find these parts a bit boring, but I thought they put in a good effort addressing a major part of Ip Man's life.Some of the funnest scenes involve Mike Tyson's real estate bad guy character and his #1 Gangster Henchman don't remember his name but he's dressed in red . Between Tyson's hilarious attempts to interject Chinese into his conversations and this Henchman's over the top mannerisms, it's nice to see they're not taking themselves too seriously.All in all, this is a great movie! Hopefully this isn't the last time we'll see Donnie Yen kicking butt on the big screen. The man's still got it!
We do not see much fighting as part of Ip Man's action in here - we see his soul and dedication to China the country. We see a man with all heart to his wife - ready to give up who he is just to be with her till the last days. We see a father who would do anything, even if that means disgracing his beings, to save his children. We see a citizen that stands up against the bad guys, single-handedly defeating them all to bring peace to the streets. And still, we see a great master. All fighting scenes are highly precise and beautifully performed, I love the 3-minute versus battle - where 2 <more>
genres of martial arts collide and finish in a very fair act of both. Also I enjoy the moments of husband-and-wife, almost cry for that. You can find laughters in some parts - that makes the movie closer to life. The end is somehow not satisfactory to my own expectation - reason why I deduct 1 star from 10 - yet to end the trilogy in an acceptable way.
'Ip Man 3' goes for the heart as much as the the jugular in an exciting and unexpectedly moving finish (by moviexclusive)
Five years and more than a few false starts later, Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the revered Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. Despite an epilogue in 'Ip Man 2' teasing the appearance of Bruce Lee in this immediate sequel, those expecting the legendary movie star to make more than a glorified cameo will undoubtedly be disappointed; whether because of copyright reasons or otherwise, Danny Chan who first made good of his physical resemblance to the late Lee in the TV series 'The Legend of Bruce Lee' only appears twice in the whole film – once, at the start to ask Ip Man <more>
to be his master and twice, in the middle to teach Ip Man to dance cha-cha in exchange for some kung fu training.Instead, 'Ip Man 3' finds the titular Master Ip rise up to protect the principal, staff and children including his own younger son Ip Chun of an elementary school from a ruthless property developer Frank Mike Tyson , while preserving his own reputation under challenge from an aggressive fellow practitioner Cheung Tin Chi Max Zhang . Besides the much touted mano-a-mano fight with Tyson, the former sees Master Ip cross paths with the cocky gangster Ma King Sang Patrick Tam , an ex-disciple of Master Tin veteran martial arts actor Bryan Leung Ka-yan who has no qualms kidnapping children in order to force the principal's hand. The latter however is more Master Ip's antagonist by circumstance than by choice; in order to prove his name in an already crowded field of martial arts masters tacitly competing against each other for name, fame and disciples, Tin Chi touts his technique as the authentic Wing Chun and openly challenges Master Ip to a competition in order to emerge from the latter's long illustrious shadow. There are at least four good to great fights here – the first at the Western Union shipyard where King Sang and his gang hang out, the second between Master Ip and a Muay Thai kickboxer played by Simon Kuke of Tony Jaa's stunt team sent by Frankie to ambush the former, the third between Master Ip and Tyson's Frankie himself, and the last but not least between Master Ip and Tin Chi at the latter's school. Like its predecessors, the best fights here are essentially two- handers between Donnie Yen and a worthy martial arts actor, so it isn't surprising that out of the aforementioned four, it is the latter three that stand out. Of particular note, Yen's duel with Kuke has an added thrill of taking place within the very confined quarters of a lift before moving on to a narrow stairwell; while Yen and Tyson's one-on-one have the added urgency of time i.e. within three minutes and Yen's finale with Zhang the added novelty of poles and knives in addition to pure fists.In Sammo Hung's place, it is the hugely respected Yuen Wo-ping who is taking over as action director here, and the latter opts for less showy set-pieces that lack the sheer adrenaline rush of those in the first two movies but nonetheless are note-worthy for being grounded in realism. Yes, there is no equivalent of the tabletop fight between Yen and Hung in 'Ip Man 2', which though thrilling to watch was also criticised for being too heavily reliant on wirework and a suspension of disbelief; rather, Yuen assembles a supporting cast with actual kung fu abilities and talent – if not brute force we're talking about you, Tyson – to spar with Yen and leaves the rest up to the performers' speed, agility, strength and skill. If there was the ambition of topping the earlier films, there is no hint of that here, and we suspect those who are just here for the action will probably come off a tad disappointed that there is no one standout moment of utter exhilaration that defines the entire movie.Yet 'Ip Man 3' is all the better for not trying to better its own predecessors; instead, it finds its own rhythm by being a touching portrayal of marital love and devotion between Master Ip and his wife Cheung Wing Sing Lynn Xiong . More than the earlier films, Wing Sing's supporting role is especially poignant here, as her character discovers from a persistent pain in her abdomen that she is in the late stages of cancer. A good part of the middle act of 'Ip Man 3' is composed of intimate scenes between Master Ip and Wing Sing as they struggle to come to terms with the latter's frailty and impending fate, and what emerges in these quieter moments is a touching portrait of Ip Man's profound love for his wife above all else, retreating into seclusion from the wider martial arts fraternity even as his reputation is on the line so as to be by her bedside day after day.As always, it is Yen who anchors the film from start to finish with his nuanced portrayal of Master Ip. A passionate speech he makes to Kent Cheng's Sergeant 'Fatty' Po about not bowing to his corrupt Western superior would have sounded sanctimonious if not for Yen's expert under-playing; but more than his character's dignity or honour this time round, Yen depiction of Master Ip's equanimity amidst his grief at his wife's debilitating state is especially moving. That is no small measure credit to its director Wilson Yip as well as its trio of writers namely, producer Raymond Wong's son Edmond Wong, Chan Tai-li and Leung Lai-yin , who nicely balance the action- oriented setpieces with a solid and grounded character study built upon the personal real-life struggles of their titular character. Oh yes, it may not boast the most incredible fight scenes of the trilogy, but in spirit and in tone, it is a beautiful and fitting conclusion to quite possibly the most outstanding martial arts series of recent time.
elevator scene is unforgettable (by A_Different_Drummer)
Yes, I do "get" that the third entry is intended to be more spiritual and more metaphysical and less exploitative.No problem.But, that said, there a fight scene in an elevator which will have even the most jaded viewer standing up because of the sheer exhilaration of the moves. And is worth the price of admission.Just as Matt Damon seems destined to be the ultimate Jason Bourne, fans all over the planet have voted with their wallets and proclaimed Donnie the ultimate Ip Man. He does not disappoint. Cool as ever, I never get tired of watching his punches speed up at the end of a <more>
fight which is how the viewer knows that maybe, possibly, he is getting just a little annoyed. As a token of my respect for this film, I will not mention the performance of Mike Tyson. Which takes more self-restraint than you realize.A tiny bit slow here and there, but a wonderful film overall and highly recommended.
What's really awesome about the Ip Man saga is not only is it a great set of Kung fu flicks, which the third installment totally is. Donne Yen, brings some ill fast punching action to the table. At the same time, it's greatly dramatic. The plot is simple. Ip Man proves to be as great of a father as he is a marshal artist when he gets way too involved in his son's school, by protecting it from a crime lord who wants to tear it down.Using in a exploitative manner, "Iron" Mike Tyson plays this crime lord. It's a lot more awesome than it is cheesy, as the movie makes a <more>
scenario of the world's fastest punch going up against the world's most powerful. Though it would have looked better back when Mike was in fighting shape, it's still one of the coolest moments in Kung fu. Speaking of cool moments, Ip Man has a hefty load of great battles with a few different forms being represented. The action was timed out perfectly, not too long, just long enough to be epic.Another plot in the movie is the relationship between Ip Man and his wife who suffers from cancer. It was surprisingly fulfilling seeing this relationship flush out in-between the Kung Fu.It was a sharp looking movie with a lot of wicked fight scenes and well done in the drama department. One of the rare sequels the does nor diminish the quality of the franchise