Quarantine Post #33 – Ip Man

Usually when I am taking a watch break from anime, I am usually watching something on Hulu or Prime Video. I have always paid for Netflix but I don’t normally watch it that often. They probably get a kick out of customers like me who pay their $8.99 month after month and don’t watch for months at a time. Although, they send me emails all the time asking me if there is a problem… There isn’t and it is no biggie. I decided a few months ago that I was going to watch more martial arts movies. I haven’t watched any kick ass movies in several years… so as I am behind in most things… someone on Twitter told me to check out Ip Man with Donnie Yen. Now Donnie Yen has been a beast on the scene for many years. So I figure to watch several more of his movies very soon. Don’t judge me. I shall return with more reviews of his movies.

Bad ass movie. You will notice that I am into period pieces or movies about a figure and their time in history.
Bad ass table scene… more on that for later.
Don’t ask me why Mike Tyson was in this movie. I have no clue. I was surprisingly okay with it though.
This took a lot of time to get through… SO MUCH RACISM… sticks in my craw… I’ll probably never watch this again.

One of my issues has been the passing of my favorite icon, Bruce Lee. Yes he passed before I was born but when his very awesome movies were presented to me, that was not something I already knew. It was disappointing to find out that he passed away at a young age. So much life left in him. From that point on, I had really stayed away from the martial arts movies. Totally missing out on a lot of great gems. So I decided that I need to get back into a genre that I enjoy. These movies were recommended to me because it talks about Bruce’s mentor Yip Man. Now of course many things are fictionalized for the purposes of the movies… but that doesn’t make them less awesome. I am not going to go into what drives the plot in each film because that is a lot to write out. (Honestly, head to watchmojo’s channel on YouTube. They have a great video about what was fact and what was fiction in these movies.) But don’t get me wrong the acting in the movies was fantastic. My mother even loved them… and she is a hard person to please.

Look at the young Bruce

Here is where Netflix comes back into play. They’re always there when I want them. All of the streaming services have really stepped up and added a buttload of content recently. So of course Netflix had all 4 Ip Man movies. It was free so there was definitely no excuse. With quarantine, I swore that I would get some of the stuff on my watch list completed but while that has happened I have added a good portion of things so essentially I am back to where I started. Anyways I am going to pick my top moments, in no particular order. Now I am going through these movies years after they have been release but my goodness…. I still have to say it… SPOILERS AHEAD…. as if by now you didn’t know. So let’s get to it.

  1. The Cotton Mill Fight. “Ip Man” – In the 1930s, Foshan is a hub of Southern Chinese martial arts, where various schools actively recruit disciples and compete against each other. Although the Wing Chun master Ip Man is the most skilled martial artist in Foshan, he is unassuming and maintains an almost invisible profile. As an independently wealthy man, he feels no need to accept any disciples and instead spends his days training, meeting with friends, and spending time with his family. The Japanese invasion in 1937 adversely affects the life of everyone in Foshan. The Imperial Japanese Army confiscates Ip’s house and repurposes it into their Foshan military headquarters. Ip and his family lose their wealth and are forced to move into a decrepit apartment. Desperate to support his family, Ip finds work at a Japanese coal mine. Ip later visits his friend, Chow Ching-chuen, who owns and runs a cotton mill in Foshan. Chow’s son tells Ip that a bandit gang led by Jin is harassing the workers and trying to extort money from them. He pleads with Ip to teach the workers Wing Chun in order for them to defend themselves. It is an interesting flip from the beginning of the movie where he refused to teach others. Ip concedes and what we get is an awesome montage of the cotton mill workers learning to defend themselves. I have a thing for training montages… When the gang returns, the cotton mill workers don’t necessarily win but that wasn’t the point. It would have been odd if they had… It is funny to kind of see how they are not used to combat but it doesn’t stop from jumping in there and sometimes forget what they are taught in favor of other methods. They were able to hold their own and give Jin’s gang a run for their money. Mostly because the gang wasn’t prepare for them to want to fight. They are able to hold off the gang long enough for Ip man to appear. And then of course all hell breaks loose. Jin’s character doesn’t come off as great in this movie but he’s not actually a villain… he gets better later. Watch the scene here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVxDyv1h9Pw)
  2. Ip Man vs The Shipyard Gang “Ip Man 3”– One of the few mass brawls in the franchise… Normally when dealing with a martial arts master, one would be smart enough to know not to anger the person by kidnapping his son and threatening to kill him. In this movie, Ip Man gets involved when the school that his son Ip Ching goes to is under attack. Ma King-sang, a local triad leader, also works for Frank, (Mike Tyson) an American property developer and highly proficient boxer. Frank orders Ma to acquire a piece of land occupied by the school. When Ip goes to collect his son from school, he witnesses Ma and his men beating the headmaster, who refuses to sell. Ip interferes and restrains Ma, but is forced to release him. Ip and his students go on the defense of the school spending nights protecting the school. They fend off an attack by Ma’s men, who set fire to the school and attempt to kidnap the headmaster. Being on the bad side of the land developer made Ip a target but at no point do you worry for him… eventually Ip is set-up by Ma to lure him away from the school; meanwhile, Ma’s gang have abducted some of the students, including Ip Ching. Ip shows up to the shipyard with his trustee bamboo shoot. Ip arrives alone at Ma’s shipyard, where Ma holds Ip Ching at knife point and threatens to sell the children into slavery if the headmaster refuses to surrender the school. Bad idea… Ip goes beast mode…His preferred attack weapon… Bamboo…. I found myself thinking over and over… these people better be glad that Ip didn’t have malicious intent was purely defending himself. Watch the bad ass moment here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U21R16Vvwk)

  3. Ip Man vs the Masters (Table Top Scene) “Ip Man 2” – Ip Man and his family move to Hong Kong in the mid-1940s after their escape from Japanese-occupied Foshan. Ip desires to open a school to make a living during the difficult times, but he struggles to attract students due to his lack of reputation in the city. One day, a young man named Wong Shun Leung appears and promptly challenges Ip to a fight, but is easily defeated. A humiliated Wong leaves, only to return later with some friends to gang up on him; Ip easily beats them as well. Stunned and impressed by Ip’s skills, Wong and his friends become Ip’s first students, bringing more disciples to help the school thrive. Wong has his own spot on the countdown so I won’t get into it here…. But just know that when Wong starts trying to attract more students to Ip’s school, a gang proceed to challenge him to a fight… word spreads and Ip Man is told that before setting up a school, he needs to attend a special ceremony to test his worth. The Ceremony is held with the Masters of various disciplines and their school looking on. In the center of the room, there is a table with stools overturned all the way around it. Ip is supposed to fight the grandmasters on the table without falling off to prove his worthiness. It is not short on the humor but the scene is epic. My mother and I watched these scenes together and what was great about it is her reaction to the action… “Nothing worse than being beat by a person who you can’t even be mad at.” The Masters’ curiosity of Ip changes to respect as they challenge him and he leads by example. Watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajgVNIRdn8) and (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkvSrgngUrw)
  4. Ip Man vs Jin Shanzhao “Ip Man” – We first meet Jin in the early parts of the first movie. Jin is in Foshan looking for the strongest opponents. His original plan was to start a school in Foshan and he figured the best way to do it was to beat every master in Foshan. He also wanted to prove that Northern Chinese martial arts was better than the Southern styles. He battles two masters in different styles, one with weapons winning against them both. He storms into Ip’s house after being told that he is the best. He demands a fight from Ip who agrees. Again this scene is filled with humor with his son cycling through the fight and telling him not to damage things. Both Ip and Jin damaging things and Jin yelling that he will pay for the broken things. But Ip shows Jin why he is the best. I had to shake my head at the fact that he just waltzes in and throws his challenge down. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1hLLDMkdlM)

  5. Ip Man vs the Muay Thai fighter (Elevator scene) “Ip Man 3” – First of all, I want you to know that this had to be the most epic and disrespectful shit I have ever seen. Who attacks a person on the elevator at the doctors office with his wife no less. There is honestly no honor amongst thieves. After Wing Sing reveals that has been diagnosed with cancer and may live only another six months, Ip accompanies her home from the medical visit. They get on the elevator and as the door closes here comes this hired henchman that steps on and everyone can tell that shit was about to go down. I was not prepared for a fight in an elevator though. I figured the guy would wait. But he swore he was going to win after taking them by surprise. The way he kicks off his sandals… Anyway the epic part of this scene is not actually the fight to me… and don’t me wrong Ip delivers the ass whooping… not so much that this guy deserves because… that disrespect… The great part for me was Ip’s wife (Wing Sing). She knew immediately that there was a threat and moved accordingly. Taking the package from Ip, and managing to stick behind her man… making her self small and staying out of the way. The opponent had no feeling towards the woman or if she got hit or hurt and that was why he needed a good damn thrashing. Shout out to Wing Sing… You don’t live with a man like that and not pick up some stuff and this scene was epic on her part even though she does no talking. When Ip finally steps out of the elevator, you know the real ass whooping is about to ensue. Ip defeats the boxer before the elevator reaches the ground floor. So no need to be so worried Wing Sing. It is the way he kicks the bastard out of the elevator and then steps out never looking back at her… letting her ride down by herself. Watch the tomfoolery here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_fKzher8QQ)

  6. “I want to fight 10 men.” Ip Man – This is reminiscent of a Bruce Lee movie… where Bruce walks into a dojo and takes on the entire Dojo. In the first movie, things change drastically after the Japanese invasion of 1937. Remember that I mentioned above that Ip and his family are displaced and Ip takes a job in the Japanese coal mines. The Japanese General Miura is a Karate master, and he establishes an arena where Chinese martial artists compete with his military trainees. Those who win get a bag of rice. Li Zhao, a former police officer and Ip’s acquaintance, now works as an interpreter for the Japanese army. (I had a serious dislike for this character but the great thing about it is… It really made me think about how life is not all black and white. Zhao chose to be an interpreter to survive and help put food on the table for his family who are elderly and some disabled which we find out later… before then he just looks like a traitor . So I am not sure I feel that angry towards him anymore.) He offers the martial artists working at the coal mine the chance to earn a bag of rice for every match they win. At first, Ip declines to fight. However, when his friend Lin disappears after taking part in a match, Ip agrees to participate in order to find out what happened. Ip watches fellow Foshan martial arts practitioner, Master Liu, defeat one karateka, but then Liu requests to fighting three at once and loses. When Liu attempts to collect the winning bag of rice from the first match, Miura’s second in-command, Colonel Sato, shoots and kills him. Enraged by the death of Master Liu and figuring out that his friend Lin must have also been killed, Ip demands to fight 10 opponents at once. Despite having not practiced Wing Chun since the Japanese occupied Foshan (to conserve energy and thus save food for his family), he mercilessly defeats them all with a brutal barrage of blows, showing no restraint that he exhibited in earlier matches. Mercilessly being the key word here… prior to this… he showed real restraint and respect to his opponents not matter how disrespectful they were…. (See Jin or guy in elevator.) But here he completely dismantles the competition. Watch the scene here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv9ygN2B8WU)

  7. Ip Man vs the Hung Ga Gang “Ip Man 2” (Wet Market Fight)– Remember Wong Shun Leung who I talked a bit about earlier? He becomes Ip’s student earlier on in the movie. After he is defeated, he leaves and returns with 10 friends who also get beat up and then beg Ip man to teach them Wing Chun. He does… Wong puts up flyers about Ip’s new school and he ends up being challenged. The great pupil that he is…. he beats them to which they don’t seem to take kindly to. They kidnap him and when Ip comes to get his student all hell breaks lose at the fish market. The Hung Ga try and gang up on him and that yields a negative result. It is important to note that Wong seems to be able to hold his own even though his hands are tied behind his back. Watch the scene here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kcd603M8vA&t=61s) and then part 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyGOqLQTww0)

  8. Ip Man vs Cheung Tin Chi “Ip Man 3” – Now Cheung Tin Chi was introduced early on in the movie and you could never really tell what side of the fence he was on. He was about earning money to feed his son which I can’t fault but I was still unsure where his allegiance lie all movie. We first meet him after Ip Ching gets into a fight with his schoolmate Cheung Fong, their teacher, Miss Wong, asks the parents to come to the school, though only the Ips arrive. As an apology, the Ip family invite Fong to their home for dinner. At Ip’s house, Fong displays rudimentary yet impressive Wing Chun skills. When asked who his mentor is, Fong says that it is his father, Cheung Tin-chi, who shows up to collect his son shortly after. There seems to be no ill will between the two so there wasn’t a lot to worry about. (Although this encounter helps set up what happens in the 3rd act of the film.) Tin-chi participates successfully in underground fights to earn extra money but we see him again as Ip and his students defend the school from being taken over by thugs… Cheung happens to be passing by, and helps fight off the invaders and rescue the headmaster. Cheung’s skills impress Ip, and he thanks Cheung for his help.. so okay cool another admiral thing right…? Yeah I thought so too. Ma, the leader of the triads later offers Cheung a large sum of money to get revenge against Ngo-san on his behalf. Ngo-san is Ma’s old teacher. Cheung is hard up for money to open his own martial arts school and accepts the offer and attacks Ngo-san, putting him in the hospital. Poor old man. It is the act that participates the events that get Ip Ching kidnapped. What I left out of the entry above is that the triads make off with Cheung’s son too. Upon learning that his son was also taken, Cheung arrives and is allowed to leave with Fong, but after his son tells him that the triads still have his friends and they must do something, he returns and fights alongside Ip. Ip and Cheung are able to hold their own until a troop of policemen led by Po comes to arrest the gang. Tin-chi opens his martial arts school with the money he obtained from Ma, and claims that his Wing Chun is genuine while Ip’s is not. Building his reputation by defeating a number of local martial arts masters, Tin-chi publicly challenges Ip to a battle that will decide who is the true Grandmaster of Wing Chun. Now why? This man just wants to be left alone. Ip misses the match preferring to stay with his dying wife since he felt ashamed about neglecting her earlier and Cheung is named the winner. But it is Wing Sing who reschedules the fight. Wing Sing accompanies Ip to the fight. After a battle with poles, butterfly swords and a fist fight, Ip eventually overpowers Tin-chi with a one-inch punch while temporarily blinded. The Bruce Lee lover in me loved it.

  9. Ip Man Vs General Miura “Ip Man “ – In the first movie, after Ip realizes his friends have been killed and he destroys the 10 men…. Japanese General Miura is impressed by his skills and wants to watch him fight again. But Ip doesn’t return to coal mining nor to the arena. Miura grows impatient and sends Sato, along with several soldiers, to track Ip down. These men actually come to his house play with his son and threaten to rape his wife. I really just couldn’t take it. Ip defends his wife, incapacitating Sato and three other soldiers accompanying him; however, they are forced to flee their apartment and hide in Li’s house with him and his family. Jin informs Miura of Ip’s connection to the cotton mill. (Jin is so not great in this movie.) The Japanese raid the mill and take Ip who asks Chow to take his wife and son away for protection. Miura says that Ip’s life will be spared if Ip agrees to instruct the Japanese soldiers in Chinese martial arts. Ip refuses and challenges Miura to a match. Miura accepts because of his love for martial arts and to avoid humiliating the Japanese people. It is a very public fight with a lot of pride on the line. So much so that the Sato says that if Ip starts winning, he will be shot. No doubt. Some people delight in other people’s pain. The fight is held in the middle of square in Foshan, and in the beginning it seems they are evenly matched but Ip slowly starts his rise to victory. Ip eventually overwhelms Miura, inflicting on him a severe beating through an impeccable defense and relentless and direct blows. It is fantastic to watch. For me, it is when Ip is shot and the crowd becomes hostile and takes matters into their own hands.

  10. School Yard Fight “Ip Man 4” – Now I am going to start by saying this movie made me feel so much rage. Mostly because of the time period this was and the blatant racism. Now that is not to say that there wasn’t racism in the the other movies but my goodness this movie is over the top with it. That being said… I had to pause this scene several times in order to get through it. In this movie, we see that Wing Sing has passed away and it is just Ip Man and his younger son Ip Ching. Ip is told that he has throat cancer and due to smoking. Ip heads to San Francisco to find better schooling for his son… since Ip Ching has been expelled for fighting back against a bully. In order for Ip to get Ip enrolled in school, he needs a letter of recommendation from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. This letter is an issue which I will talk about in the next entry. Just know for now that the leader of Benevolent Association Grandmaster Wan doesn’t write the letter. But when Ip arrives at the school, he is kept waiting. So rude and when the person he is there to meet with arrives he is really kind of given the brush off. As he is leaving, he chances upon Wan’s teenage daughter, Yonah, undergoing racist violence from a rival cheerleader, Becky, and her male friends. Becky is mad that Yonah got chosen to be cheerleading captain over her and starts a racist tirade that quickly spills out into a physical altercation. The thing that got me wasn’t the racist tirade… and that in itself was bad… especially since it stemmed from who was picked for cheerleading but the fact that all of these guys on what I thought was the hockey team (because their weapon of choice looked to be hockey sticks.) were going to beat up this girl. They actually involved themselves in a conflict about cheerleading. Yonah fights back somewhat and does quite well, even though she complains when her father wants her to learn martial arts, but she is ultimately outnumbered, and Ip steps in to rescue her. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlWuQbMfRBI)

  11. Ip Man vs Grandmaster Wan “Ip Man 4” – Because Grandmaster Wan refuses to give the letter of recommendation to Ip, when Ip escorts Yonah home, Wan incorrectly assumes that Ip is trying to get in his good graces. Wan challenges him to a duel. The interesting thing is when Wan sees that Ip is injured (from helping Yonah) Wan fights with one hand behind his back. Things get destroyed and I always cringe when that happens. The duel is pretty intense but gets interrupted by an epic earthquake. Wan tells Ip they will finish their fight at the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Ip refuses, explaining that he merely accompanied Yonah home for her own safety, and leaves. Watch the scene here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWW2yncWL68)

  12. The Lazy Susan fight “Ip Man 4” – This is not a fight in the traditional sense. By this time, Ip has been training Bruce Lee and Bruce has also relocated to San Francisco. Bruce has upset the local martial arts community in San Francisco by opening a Wing Chun school, teaching non-Chinese people martial arts and writing an English-language book on martial arts. When Ip shows up to the meeting with the Grandmasters, he is told that in order to get a letter of recommendation from them, Ip needs to renounce Bruce which Ip refuses to do. (While in reality there is no evidence to support that Ip ever came to America… his youngest son would not have been in high school but much older, there is truth in the storyline that Bruce Lee was creating waves with teaching anyone who wanted to learn the martial arts. So kudos to the filmmakers for tying that in.) The argument happens at a round table (Lazy Susan) during tea time. Both men keeping pushing it back and forth before leaning on it to show neither are budging in their stance and the poor table to survive under the pressure.
  13. Ip Man vs Twister “Ip Man 2” – Hung, one of the Grandmasters that fights Ip on the tabletop at the beginning of the movie, invites Ip to a boxing event after clearing the air between them. The boxing competition allows for a demonstration by the various martial arts schools to help promote themselves and their Chinese culture. However, the event’s star boxer, Taylor “The Twister” Miller, an arrogant, racist and brutal man, openly insults and attacks the students, causing a brawl that the masters try to quell. Twister challenges Hung to a fight, saying that he will apologize to the Chinese if Hung can beat him, which Hung accepts. At first, Hung’s wider range of skills allows him to overcome Twister’s natural size and muscular physique. Hindered by his asthma, Hung is eventually beaten to death against the ropes, as he refuses to concede and allow the man to insult his culture and people. News of Hung’s death rapidly spreads throughout the city, enraging the Chinese populace. Very Rocky 4 like but I was still annoyed and heartbroken. Twister announces that in order to clear his name he will accept any challenge from the Chinese to participate in a fair, public boxing match, but arrogantly boasts that he could kill every Chinese boxer in Hong Kong and that he doubts any of the Chinese are brave enough to face him. Ip arrives and challenges Twister to a fight. Ip finishes training and begins his fight with Twister, using his more diverse techniques and great speed against Twister’s muscle. Ip later receives an illegal punch from Twister, and is prohibited from kicking due to the judges changing the rules during the match, allowing Twister to seemingly overwhelm him.(Complete Bullshit). Ip changes his strategy by attacking Twister’s arms to weaken him, eventually defeating him. Watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTSpAVqgSso) and (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTy_mgJIIrk) I didn’t feel no kind of way when Twister went down.

  14. Ip Man vs Frank (Mike Tyson) “Ip Man 3” – Remember the American real estate developer that was trying to get the school Ip Ching went to? The same one that sent the fighter who attacked Ip and his wife… Yeah that is Mike Tyson. Weirdest thing ever but then again… I guess not. When none of the attacks on Ip man work, Ip goes to Frank’s office. Frank proposes that the have a three minute fight. If Ip can last the whole fight, Frank will leave him and the school alone. Initially overwhelmed by Frank’s muscle and sheer force, Ip begins turning the tide when he changes his strategy to attack Frank’s lower half. They fight to a draw after the three minutes pass; seemingly impressed, Frank keeps his promise. The fight is so intense I wondered when the damn bell was going to sound. It was dramatic and awesome. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhQsxcbo6gk)

  15. Ip Man vs Colin Frater “Ip Man 4” – Hartman, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marines and student of Bruce Lee attempts to convince Barton Geddes, the Gunnery Sergeant on his base, to incorporate Chinese martial arts into their hand-to-hand combat training. Geddes, an arrogant and openly racist man, proves the Marines’ current Karate training superior by having Hartman fight the Marines’ Karate instructor, Colin Frater, who defeats him.  Hartman doesn’t let the the topic die and goes over Geddes’s head. Hartman later manages to convince the unit’s commanding officer of kung fu’s potential, and is instructed to film the Mid-Autumn Festival happening at the Association for research purposes, infuriating Geddes. At the Mid-Autumn Festival, Frater shows up to challenge the Grandmasters at the festival. I didn’t get why they were so against learning Chinese martial arts if they had already learned Karate but okay. Frater proves his strength by defeating three grandmasters until Ip intervenes. I am always impressed by the grandmasters even in older age than can hold their own. There was even an older woman that really impressed me. I want to be like her when I grow up. Ip man steps in and defends himself surprising Frater and putting him in the hospital. It is great to watch. Check it out here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee4eddOmuEQ)

  16. Ip Man vs Geddes “Ip Man 4” – Becky lies to her parents, claiming that she had been bullied even though she and her friends were the aggressors. Her father Walters, an officer of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is pressured into holding the Association responsible and deporting all Chinese associated with them.  Wan (Yonah the real victim’s father), who was supposed to be present at the festival, is arrested by the immigration officers. Upon seeing Frater in the hospital, Geddes barges into the Association to find out where Wan is. Geddess heads down to the festival and brutally beats down the Grandmasters although I don’t get what they had to do with adding Chinese Martial Arts to the curriculum. He then threatens Walters to release Wan into the Marines’ custody before bringing Wan into the camp to fight him. Wan puts up a valiant fight. I mean the guy is no slouch.  At first, Wan is able to match Geddes’ blows, but is eventually overwhelmed and seriously injured. I believe his leg is broken. Ip is brought into the Marines’ camp by Hartman, and ultimately defeats Geddes in a long and savage fight. And Geddess, even though he is the villain or one of them in the piece, doesn’t mean that he and Colin don’t possess skill but that makes when they go down so much better. Check it out here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sWr4h6cABs)

So I can’t leave off the Ip Man movies without talking about Bruce Lee. I love Bruce and even though I knew the movies weren’t about him I was glad that he was featured. There was no guarantee that he would be in the films… depending on the direction that they took. But I will talk about his appearances in the film.

  • Young Bruce at the end of Ip Man 2 – Ip is later introduced to a boy named Bruce Lee, who wishes to learn Wing Chun in order to beat up people he does not like. Ip smiles and simply tells him to come back when he has grown up. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSx17Eo9KwY)
  • Bruce returns to ask to be Ip’s studentIp Man 3 –  Bruce Lee visits Ip and asks to become one of his students. After Lee demonstrates his speed, Ip neither accepts nor rejects him, but insinuates for him to leave by opening the door. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-KxBQyVfc0)

  • He teaches Ip to dance at the end of Ip Man 3 – This being a reference to the description that Bruce was an excellent dancer.
  • He makes several appearances in the final installment – starting with Ip attending Bruce’s demonstration on Martial arts where he demonstrates the one inch punch. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3It71OjgX0)

    But be sure to watch the actual footage of this event. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR7En1-xJmA)

  • Bruce’s Alleyway fight – He is challenged to an alley fight and it is bad ass. Shout out to Danny Chan who portrayed Bruce. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr-f2FJSr60) and (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY7gZ4JrBKQ)

  • Bruce provides refuge to the Association – Due to a tip-off by Billy, a subordinate of Walters and another student of Lee, the Association is empty by the time the immigration officers conduct their raid. Lee provides refuge for the Association, earning their respect.
  • At Ip’s funeral – When Ip’s dies at the end of the last movie from throat cancer, Bruce attends the funeral of course and that was a hard scene to watch because we know that he dies a year later.

Alright so this was a fun dive into these movies. Be sure to let me know what you enjoyed about the movies or even let me know what your favorite martial arts movie is. I am always down to watch something new. So that is all for now. I loved these movies. I think the acting was great. Donnie Yen did a superb job. So until next time….

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