Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
August 9, 2023 10:58 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son.

Starring Donnie Yen, Wu Yue, Vanness Wu, Scott Adkins, Kent Cheng, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan, Ngo Ka-nin, Ye He.

Directed by Wilson Yip. A Chinese/Hong Kong production in Cantonese. Yes, this is a sequel/series finale, but it's good. The whole series is good.

85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Widely available streaming. JustWatch.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total)
Look, if you're not into Donnie Yen beating people up, I don't understand you as a person.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:14 AM on August 9, 2023 [1 favorite]

Shout out to Scott Adkins, because every time he shows up in an action movie with an Asian star, he always seems to play the "arrogant white dude who thinks he's hot shit". Somehow Adkins hasn't gotten a proper vehicle to make him a star, in contrast with Frank Grillo, who it seems has been the top name in a dozen B-level action flicks in 2022 alone.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 4:36 PM on August 9, 2023 [2 favorites]

An entertaining movie, though of course a little ridiculous. Donnie Yen is amazing as always.

If you like Adkins's work here, check out the Stuntmen React series he was on, talking about this movie, he seems like a great guy. And although he hasn't gotten his own starring role, he was definitely memorable in John Wick 4!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:20 PM on August 10, 2023 [2 favorites]

The absence of my favorite Fan Siu Wong* from the first three Ip Men means it can't be the best of the Ip Man film, but apart from that? Perfectly fine Martial Arts flic.

I remember I bought the DVD after listening to Accented Cinema's video essay Ip Man 4: How to write racism and I did not regret it.

(And I second the plug for Stuntmen React. After giving the villain in Undisputed 2, Adkins had a starring role as Boyka in Undisputed 3-4 - quite well described as 'not a proper vehicle to make him a star' if you ask me, but part 3 had some decent fight scenes).

*He's so great! Karl Urban reminds me of him sometimes.
posted by Ashenmote at 4:06 PM on August 12, 2023

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