Movie Review: Ip Man 3 (2016)
Director: Wilson Yip
Cast: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang, Xiao Long Li, Karena Ng, Ka-Yan Leung, Ling Lei, with Kent Cheng, and Mike Tyson as Frank
Writers: Tai-Li Chan, Lai-yin Leung
Rating: 3.7/5 stars
Donnie Yen is as charismatic as ever, the plot moves along smoothly, and the martial arts sequences are a sight to behold; collectively making “Ip Man 3” a worthy (alleged) conclusion to the saga of the man who spearheaded the introduction of Wing Chun to the 20th century. This time, Ip Man is called upon again to protect his city from a brutal gang led by a crooked and ruthless property developer hell-bent on taking control of major real-estate zones by any means necessary, including the school Ip Man’s son and his friends go to.
Though the closing chapter of the biopic of the Kung Fu Grandmaster isn’t as tightly plotted as the previous two installments, the onscreen drama does more than enough to keep you engrossed, some of it even evokes poignancy (however, in other places, it tends to lag, especially when treading an emotional path), and the fight scenes are as always a treat to the eyes. Donnie Yen continues to showcase why he’s among the best action stars to ever grace the silver screen, and him squaring off against Iron Mike Tyson is nothing short of orgasmic for action movie buffs. If this is the last we see of Yen as Ip Man, then it’s a rewarding way to send off the character.
The movie will inevitably make viewers wanna Wing Chun after watching it, simply because it’s so damn affably entertaining just life the life of its subject and the actor portraying him. Also, early on in “Ip Man 3“, a young Bruce Lee visits Master Yip, and, midway, the Master pays him a visit back. It doesn’t contribute anything meaningful to the plot, but if the encounters happen to lead to a fourth film with the Grandmaster and his most-famous pupil beating up baddies in unison, we wouldn’t be complaining.