‘Ip Man: Kung Fu Legend’ Gets North American Release

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired North American rights to “Ip Man: Kung Fu Legend.” The film is a sequel currently in production to “Ip Man: Kung Fu Master,” which Magnet previously released.

“Ip Man: Kung Fu Legend” is written and directed by Li Liming and produced by Beijing-based Kai Pictures. International licenses are handled by All Rights Entertainment, a film sales company based in Hong Kong, Paris and Los Angeles.

The real Ip Man was Bruce Lee’s mentor before Lee became a movie star and has been the subject of several movie franchises. The new film sees young Ip, then a police captain, battle opium smugglers trying to take over the Chinese port city of Foshan.

Dennis To (aka To Yu-hang) is reprising the role of Ip for the fourth time after his previous appearances in Herman Yau’s ‘Ip Man: The Legend Is Born’, Jeff Lau’s ‘Kung Fu League’ and ‘Ip Man : Kung Fu” by Li. Master.” To, who equals the track record of Donnie Yen who played Ip in a different franchise, was credited by Ip Chun for delivering the most accurate portrayal of his father.

The deal was brokered by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, and All Rights Sales Executive Chantal Chauzy.

“Ip Man: Kung Fu Master” was watched 10 million times in its first days of online release in China. In international markets, it has been licensed to distributors such as Splendid Film for Germany, Happinet in Japan, Phars Film in the Middle East, Blue Swan in Italy.

Magnolia’s recent releases include Takashi Miike’s 100th film “Blade of the Immortal”; Mads Mikkelsen revenge-thriller “Riders of Justice”; and the action thriller “Yakuza Princess.”

Kimberly B. Nguyen