Director Wilson Yip’s biographical martial arts drama film is the fourth and final instalment of the “Ip Man” film series. Donnie Yen resumes his role as the titular Wing Chun master teacher. Ip Man travels to the United States to secure a brighter future for his son, but discovers that his student, Bruce Lee, is confronting pervasive racial discrimination in San Francisco after opening a Wing Chun school there.
This movie suffers from a couple of things. The thing that hurts it the most is it takes place in 1964. IP man is 71-72 in this timeline. He is old and it shows. They had to have a reason to make another movie and that was using bruce lee grown in America. He was technically old in the 3rd movie but the fighting was a lot better in the 3rd.
The 4th had the weakest fight scenes and the least amount of the series. They are still above average in quality but arent as good as the first 3. The first 2 movies were action directed by sammo hung and the fight scenes were better in the first 2 movies.
The first IP man is a masterpiece and in my opinion is the greatest martial arts movie of the 21st century. 2 is great. 3 is good. 4 didnt end with a bang but they really didnt have anywhere else to go with a story.
IP man 4 is a high quality film but the weakest of the series. If you are a fan of the first 3, you will still like it.
Donnie Yen did a fantastic job once again. Even adding, his injury being a huge factor in his later fights. I've seen several reviews complaining it wasn't in English, get over it, and other's saying there were no subs, check the settings there are English subs, you have to adjust it. The flow of the film allowed you to really feel distinct emotions and truly draws you into the story. Loved it. Will be watching again and again.
How did I miss this for so long? This is by far the best martial arts film produced. I purchased the entire series and they are all outstanding. There is more than just fighting...there are morals and standards that convey the zen of kung fu!
If you are a IP Man fan or if you are curious about him, you cant go wrong with seeing all the Ip Man Movies. I was a bit worried how they were going to do the last movie. After watching it, I was happy to see that they did a good job with the story and action scenes of course. Also, how people were dealing with racism during that time period. Go get it, you wont be sorry.
You shall never hate this film that Donnie Yen is in especially other series, too. Since you see people's complaints about language or subtitle.. they need to adjust and go to subtitle to change to English. Don't make a negative feedback on this review. If you're a big fan of Donnie Yen, then you wouldn't regret by watching it as you own this film by purchasing it.
After previously purchasing the Ip Man Trilogy, I had to own Ip Man 4. Coming from someone who doesn't usually enjoy martial arts films, the Ip Man films are great, and here the story comes to an end. Part 4 explores Ip Man's legacy and his relationship with Bruce Lee, while Ip Man travels to San Francisco to find a school for his son to attend, only to find himself up against the US Military. Great film, and a great bookend to the Ip Man Films. I highly recommend.