IP MAN 3
Love Is More Important Than Fame
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Starring: Daniel Yen, Max Zhang (aka
Zhang Jin), Lynn Hung, Patrick
Tam, Mike Tyson, Karena Ng,
Leung Ka-yan, Li Xiaolong,
Kent Cheng, Louis Cheung,
Babyjohn Choi, Danny Chan
Kwok-kwan, Wang Shi, Cui Can
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment
Director: Wislon Yip
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Raymond Wong
Writer: Leung Lai-yin, Chan Tai-lee,
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The movie begins with Ip Man’s young son, Ching, getting into a fight with another boy named Fong. Ip Man befriends Fong’s father, but the father sees Ip Man as a rival for the title of Grandmaster of their martial arts school, Wing Chun.
Trouble occurs when a group of thugs, led by a man named Sang, try to force the principal of the young boys’ private school to sell the property. Ip Man stops them from beating up the principal, but the thugs return to try to burn down the school. Ip Man and his martial arts students defend the school, with help from Fong’s father.
Sang’s former teacher, Tin, is angry with his former pupil and tries to chastise Sang at the docks where Sang works. Tin and Ip Man are in danger of being killed, when a police detective with a gun breaks up the fight. Sang hires Fong’s father to beat up Tin, and Tin ends up at the hospital with a broken arm.
Then, Sang makes the mistake of kidnapping Fong and Ip Man’s son. Will Fong’s father help Ip Man save the two boys, despite his desire to earn money from Sang to start his own martial arts school?
As this drama plays out, Ip Man’s wife discovers she has terminal cancer. Eventually, Ip Man must put aside his martial arts duties to care for her.
IP MAN 3 is a well-made Chinese martial arts thriller. The biography is changed a bit, though. For instance, there are a couple funny scenes featuring Ip Man’s most famous pupil in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee, but Ip Man began training Bruce in 1954 or so, not 1959 as the movie suggests. Also, though he does a good job, the actor playing Ip Man, Donnie Yen, looks much too young for Ip Man in 1959, when the martial arts teacher was about 65 or 66. In reality, Yen was a well-preserved 52 when he filmed IP MAN 3.
That said, the movie has a nice end message when Ip Man tells his rival that the most important thing in life is being with the one you love. Thus, in the end, even the title of Grandmaster was not as important to Ip as being with his wife before she died. IP MAN 3 shows this poignant message in several scenes near the end where Ip and his wife quietly share some private moments in her hospital room and when she returns home to be with her family. She asks her husband to make a family photo of them with their son. The movie shows that photo being made, then shows Ip watching lovingly as the photographer takes a photo of just his wife alone. Another scene shows him dancing joyfully with his wife, who was herself a fan of ballroom dancing.
The movie’s main focus, however, are the various fights with the evil gang members trying to take over the school’s property. At one point, the gang sends a Thai martial arts warrior to kill Ip Man, but he manages to defeat him and send him on his way. There is another fight scene with Sang’s boss, who’s played by Mike Tyson. The boss gives Ip Man three minutes against him. Finally, of course, there is a final match between Ip Man and his rival. It’s at the end of that fight when Ip Man tells his rival that spending time with a loved one is the most important thing in life.
In addition to all the martial arts punching and kicking, IP MAN 3 has some brief foul language, including one “f” word. Also, the movie mentions that the gang attacking the school is, in reality, a tool of “foreign devils.” One of the “foreign devils” happens to be the British police officer who’s the boss of the kind-hearted Chinese detective. Prior to 1997, Hong Kong was a “Crown colony” under Great Britain, which leased the area from China. Though the British ruled Hong Kong, the economy flourished until Britain returned Hong Kong to Communist China. Today, of course, many Hong Kong residents are chafing over China’s increasing political control and erosion of liberty in Hong Kong.
Because of the fighting, foul language and talk about “foreign devils,” which sounds like something out of the Communist Party handbook for China, MOVIEDGUIDE® advises strong caution for IP MAN 3.
Ip is famous for training Bruce Lee and other martial arts celebrities. IP MAN 3 is an entertaining spectacle with some poignant scenes of Ip Man with his terminally ill wife. Ip tells his rival that being with your loved ones is the most important thing in life. The story is fictionalized, however. For example, the actor playing Ip is 14 years younger than the 66-year-old martial arts master in 1959. IP MAN 3 includes some brief foul language and martial arts fighting.