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Ip Man 4: The Finale

Donnie Yen reprises his role as Ip Man. This time the Wing Chun Grandmaster travels abroad to San Francisco, USA, where a student of his has opened a Wing Chun school, upsetting the local martial arts community.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 20 Dec 2019
Genre: Action / Martial Arts
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: Shaw Organisation
Cast: Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan
Director: Wilson Yip
Format: 2D

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Writer: Cinema Online

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Watch this if you liked: “Ip Man” (2008), “Ip Man 2” (2010), “Ip Man 3” (2015)

The Good, the Bad and the Finale:

• Cast-wise, there's really no one that quite embodies the character like Donnie Yen does. His movements and his characteristics easily convince the audience that he is the titular kung fu master, seeing him as no one else but Ip Man when watching the movie, despite the fact that he has famously portrayed many other characters throughout his 37 years of acting.

• Danny Chan, who reprises his role as Bruce Lee for the second time, is also a perfect fit, not only in physical likeness but also the way he carries the character.

• As the movie is truly a goodbye to one of Donnie's most iconic characters, it has a melodramatic touch to it that's more pronounced as compared to previous instalments.

• There are touching moments in the movie that will result in teary eyes, specifically involving Ip Man and his son, who acts cold towards him throughout the movie, and Wan and his daughter, whom he is very strict with.

• However, the storyline doesn't stand out much. So maybe it's a good thing that Donnie is quitting while he's ahead. Another portrayal in a mediocre follow-up will only sully the positive image he and the franchise have built up over the years.

• On a brighter note, the movie is as action-packed as it can get. From Ip Man fighting fellow kung fu masters, to him fighting Karate fighters, to him fighting Scott Adkins' military tough guy, Barton Geddes. There's no shortage of explosive action that will forever seal Ip Man's status as the best of the best in the martial arts world in fans' minds.


Trivia:

• This marks Donnie Yen's final kung fu movie, though he states that he will continue acting in action movies.

Cinema Online, 24 December 2019
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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