Does the addition of Mike Tyson help or hurt this second sequel?
Released by: Well Go USA
Release Date: Dec. 16th. 2015
Starring: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang, and Mike Tyson
Written by: Tai-Li Chan, Lai-yin Leung, Edmond Wong
Directed by Wilson Yip
Rated PG-13 (sequences of martial arts violence and brief strong language)
last big wealth happened, most of them have been stinkers. Donnie Yen had his fair share of stinkers during this time. Special I.D. was an over edited mess, Ice Man had some good things going for it, but not enough to save the movie, and the less said about Legend of the Fist the better.
Ip Man 3 stars Yen as Ip Man, a teacher of Wing Chun, who is married and has a young son. The neighborhood that Ip Man and his family live in has began to be terrorized by a gang led by Mike Tyson (yes that Mike Tyson). The gang first tries to take over the elementary school where Ip Man's son goes to. The teachers ask Ip Man for help and he guards the school at all hours of the day and kicks some ass when the gang finds out who he is. (It seems like everyone in the town knows who Ip Man looks like except for the gang which is weird).
All of this is going on while Ip Man's wife, Wing-sing, is getting sick. She finds out that she has cancer, but can not find a way of telling Ip Man. She knows that he will drop everything to help her, but he is counted on by the community to keep it safe. After their son is kidnapped and returned, Wing-sing tells Ip Man and he does exactly what she thought he would do.
There is a lot going on in Ip Man 3 and somethings just didn't fit right. The subplot with Jin Zhang calling out Ip Man felt forced even though it is woven into the movie at the start. I think that the creative team felt that Ip Man needed an enemy, but they had one in Mike Tyson.
Even though the movie is kind of all over the place, I will give the filmmakers credit with the "wife has cancer" story line. It is a cliche to even include it in movies nowadays, but they pulled it off. The actress, Lynn Hung, is really good here and you feel for here. She has been in all the Ip Man movies as Ip Man's wife so the scenes between here and Yen play out very nicely. We believe that they love each other deeply and her illness hurts Yen as much as it does her. This is one of the rare instances where we remember the couple as much as the fight scenes. In fact, I liked the quiet scenes between Yen and Hung more than fight scenes.