Kung Fu Master Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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Ip Man has been the subject of numerous martial arts films and television series since 2008. While Ip Man had been shown in stories about Bruce Lee, his iconic student, he was not the main focus. Since then, there have been numerous Ip Man movies and spin-offs that have given martial arts fans year-round excitement. The last film based on Lee’s teacher is Ip Man: Master of King Fu, directed by Liming Li and written by Li and Shi Qingshui. Moreover, this film marks Dennis atis back as Ip Man.

In this story of Ip Man, Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu focuses on Ip’s early life before the communist revolution in 1949. Ip, at that time, was a police captain who was framed for the murder of a ruthless but honorable gangster which led to him being the target revenge of his dangerous daughter, Qingchuan (Yuan Li Ruoxin), who finds himself as the new leader of the Axes. Forced out of the force, the story quickly shifts from Ip against the Axes to Ip, his teacher, and the Chinese in his town against the Japanese army in Guangzhou.

As I’ve become a fan of Donnie Yen’s iteration of Ip Man, To hits the ground running when his Ip immediately engages in a one-on-many fight sequence at the very beginning of the film. starting in the courtyard of a building and working your way up, To is able to show off his physique by going up against members of the Axes. That said, it’s hard to be in a role that audiences have seen before, To’s strong resemblance to Yen will help Yen’s familiar movies come into the limelight. Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu. Plus, by allowing To to open the film with a fight, it immediately draws marital arts fans into the film and helps break down any preconceived notions that go into it.

In fact, when To is involved, the fight sequences are great to watch, especially when facing multiple opponents. However, the action sequences aren’t perfect and that’s largely due to the fact that none of Ip’s opponents seem to match his skills and strength and the film’s final fight is anti-climactic to because of that. Also, one of my favorite elements of martial arts movies is their speed. By allowing the action sequences to progress quickly, you can see the skill of the fighters involved.

But despite elevating Qingchuan, the Axes’ leader and revenge-seeking girl, to villainous status at least for the start of the film, his fights with Ip are lackluster. although I’m sure Yuan Li Ruoxin could be a capable fighter when she’s in the middle of a fight, the movements are slowed down and the bodies no longer come into contact. This is extremely noticeable when she fights Ip as he also fights men. While it may be her use of axes, whenever she fights, it’s clear that everything is happening at a slower pace. As she steps out of her small antagonistic role and becomes the sidekick of an Ip, she loses her edge and seemingly her place in the story.

The most important element of the film was the importance of resisting the Japanese imperialist army and uniting the city and those who are impoverished and terrorized to find their power. In this way, the gain of Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu succeeds. That said, I’ve seen this ending before, and in truth Jet Li is Intrepid did it better. But while this story point seems somehow detached from the film’s opening, the most frustrating element is the ill-fitting costumes worn by the cast extras.

All that said, there’s enough in Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu to enjoy if you are a fan of martial arts movies. He uses his sets well, allowing full movement through them and the Qingchuan aesthetic is intimidating and well crafted. Plus, there are some really great moments sprinkled throughout the film, and To is able to bring a stoic charisma to his portrayal of Ip that works. While Ip Man is more or less the same as martial arts movies, it’s a movie you can watch with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night and have fun with it.

Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu is available in theaters and on demand on December 11, 2020.

Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu

5/10

TL;DR

All that said, there’s enough in Ip Man: Master of Kung Fu to enjoy if you are a fan of martial arts movies. He uses his sets well, allowing full movement through them and the Qingchuan aesthetic is intimidating and well crafted. Plus, there are some really great moments sprinkled throughout the film, and To is able to bring a stoic charisma to his portrayal of Ip that works. While Ip Man is more or less the same as martial arts movies, it’s a movie you can watch with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night and have fun with it.

Kimberly B. Nguyen