‘IP Man 3’ gives us more Donnie Yen

Coming to Bluray from director Wilson Yip and Well Go USA Entertainment comes the highly anticipated continuation of the story of “IP Man 3.”

Ip Man (Donnie Yen) has settled down in 1959 Hong Kong with his beautiful wife Cheung Wing-sing (Lynn Hung) and their young son. Proud that their son is receiving proper schooling, Ip Man is upset to learn that a developer Frank (Mike Tyson) wants the property.

Ip Man turns to the police for protection and even police friend Fatso (Kent Cheng) but knows they are being bought off. Keeping his attention on the problems of the school, Ip Man doesn’t realize there is someone else who will be challenging him.

Cheung Tin-Chi (Jin Zhang) believes he is the true Wing Chun Grandmaster. Not happy with the press Ip Man receives, Tin-Chi catches on to the media game and uses it to call out the beloved Master for a match.

Ip Man chooses to ignore the fuss from Tin-Chi as he concerns are more for the community and his wife who needs him more now than she ever did before.

He knows where a man’s loyalty truly lies!

Yen as Ip Man once again turns in a brilliant performance as a man who takes a stand but only when necessary. This isn’t a kung-fu crazed person who goes around flexing his muscles to prove what a bad ass he is. Instead, this is a calm spiriting man who loves his family, community and wants to help where ever he can. All of that is portrayed by Yen beautifully and I’m so pleased no one else took this role. Everyone is excited knowing Yen will be seen even more with his role in ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story coming this December.

Hung as wife Cheung Wing-sing is supportive and loving towards her husband. When the school begins to take time away from home, she tries to find a way to reach him. Hung’s character doesn’t have to wait long before she must choose to let her husband finished what the thugs have started or speak up about a secret she is caring with her. Hung is hauntingly beautiful and when she does confront Ip Man – my jaw drops.

Zhang as Cheung Tin-Chi is powerful even if misguided. Zhang portrays a dark character who believes that fighting everyone will get him the one fight he wants. When Ip Man doesn’t come running it only angers him more. Zhang gives this role anger that is bubbling just below the surface until the match that decides who truly is Grandmaster.

Other cast include: Patrick Tam as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng as Miss Wong, Kai-Chung Cheung as Chui Lek, Ka-Yan Leung as Master Tin, Sung Man Ban as David, Xiao Long Li as Ah Ching, Tats Lau as the Principal and Kwok-Kwan Chan as Bruce Lee.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “IP Man 3” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I absolutely love Donnie Yen in this role. He has the mannerisms, the look, the joy and the skill that just brings so much to this character. There is such in depth storytelling here. It is not simply one story, but a story that challenges his family, marriage, community and life of kung fu.

Yen’s martial arts choreography is done by Yuen Wo Ping, the most influential person in Hong Kong cinema. His works include FISTS OF LEGEND, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and if that isn’t impressive enough – he provided martial arts choreography for THE MATRIX and its sequels as well as KILL BILL.

The cinematography is so beautifully done which combines the quickness of martial arts with the slow movements that are just stunning to watch.

The Bluray includes the amazing bonus features of Making of Featurette, Interview with Donnie Yen & Mike Tyson and Behind the Scenes. “IP Man 3” is in Cantonese with English subtitles with a running time of 105 minutes. For fans of the original IP Man film, this is a fantastic way to have all three in your media library.

In the end — this is the story of the real Wing Chung grandmaster!

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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.