When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
Director: Wilson Yip
Writers: Tai-Li Chan, Lai-yin Leung
Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang
Genres: Action | Biography | Drama | History
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)：Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts violence and brief strong language
Language: Cantonese | English
Release Date: 4 March 2016 (China)
Also Known As: Ip Man 3
Filming Locations: Foshan, Guangdong, China
Production Co: Dreams Salon Entertainment Culture, Pegasus Motion Pictures, Starbright Communications
Runtime: 105 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
IMDB User Reviews:
Ip Man 3 is a touching ending to the Ip Man Trilogy, a movie with more depth than the previous two
by Tiger Heng
I will try to keep this spoiler free.
Donnie Yen returns for Ip Man 3, and despite being produced by the same team, the theme that is explored... is that much deeper.
Ip Man focuses on "Survival", Ip Man 2 focuses on Everyday Life and Making a Living, while Ip Man 3 focuses on "Life" itself.
The audience will need to pay attention to details to enjoy the movie fully, starting from the first scene, and really understand how the first scene relates to the whole story. So... REMEMBER the first scene! (The Butterfly Scene)
There are subtle hints hidden in the move, be it Bruce Lee's quote of "Be Like Water" or "One-Inch Punch" where viewers really need to pay attention to the story and choreography to understand.
Ip Man 1 and 2 focuses on grounded action, and realistic choreography. Ip Man 3 has that, but added another layer of beauty to the movie, thanks to Yuen Woo Ping(Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)'s choreography. The details of every fight scene can be enjoyed and explored.
While many think that Ip Man 3 will be just a martial arts exhibition, but the team managed to bring in a layer of emotion we have not seen in 1 and 2.
Donnie's Ip Man is now a much more grounded, humble and just that neighborhood family guy we all love.
Donnie Yen's performance here is nothing sort of amazing.
Lynn Hung's performance is also outstanding.
All in all, the movie may not please all critics and fans who ONLY loves hard-hitting action, but if you are looking at an Ip Man movie with Great action, great humour and that sense of touch with a love story, then Ip Man 3 is the best in the series.
A more deliberate and personal approach to the titular character, it is a proper send off for Ip Man.
Donnie Yen is one of the most consistent action stars, having resume that spans decades and while other colossal names such as Jet Li or Jackie Chan has slowed down, he is still going strong. This, ironically, can also work against him since he already has played in two Ip Man films and with more works depicting the famous character, this theme can become overly used. Luckily, Ip Man 3 shifts into a more private direction while still equipped with the lighting speed blows.
The story has multiple subplots, ranging from usual the thug encounter to problems on Ip Man's household. There's still glimpse of the nationalism angle from the first two movies, although fortunately not as prevalent. Use of jingoism has become stale and it'd make a predictable vilified antagonist. This time around the script has more balance and modesty, it's intended to be accessible for wider range of audience.
As far as acting goes, leads Donnie Yen and Lynn Hung perform well. This is a family oriented relationship with drama or romance taking the secondary role. Its use of many subplots, thus a larger number of antagonists, can be distracting at times. Some of the dialogues sound rather too overblown for theatrical effect, although luckily they're not dominant enough to be disrupting.
Ip Man also attracts a certain expectation for fight scenes, one which is sufficiently delivered here. It uses less wire choreography and opts for a faster close quarter combat. The cinematography involved is very precise, showing a vast experience and understanding of clashing fists and spatial awareness for the dance. This makes every encounter unique, from the all-out brawl in the dock, skirmish in small stores or apartments to the occasional high octane duels. A nod goes to the scene with Mike Tyson in its entire fanservice splendor.
The distinct combat choreography, which still looks fast and fresh, will satisfy action fans, yet the humble perspective gives a hearty humane side for the larger-than-life character.