When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
The third movie in this martial arts series about Ip Man finally steps up in the cinematography department and it's great to see; I loved the dust dancing through the light during the umbrella fight scene. Instead of being dull, the set design and visuals finally live up to the brilliant action sequences.
There are two distinct styles to the fighting in this sequel; Western and Chinese. It was interesting to see them come together, but I preferred the technical prowess and respect shown from the martial arts side. There are two fight scenes where a few take on a vast amount of assailants, but again it's the more intimate fight scenes which impress.
I was wary about the inclusion of Mike Tyson as a character in this movie. However, the fight scene between him and Ip Man is the majority of Tyson’s screen time and the fight itself it quite intense.
Once again, the "foreigners" were over-the-top camp villains and the storyline with the American boxer “Twister” feels very much like Rocky IV. That's not to say it is bad, and the two boxing fight scenes are pretty brutal.
The two best fights one-to-ones. Firstly with Ip Man and a Thai fighter, in an elevator, as he protects his wife. And secondly, the final scene as he seeks to reclaim/defend the Wing Chun Grandmaster title.
The movie has a lot more emotion baked in, first in protecting a school, then rescuing kidnapped children, and focusing on Ip Man’s relationship with his wife. Donnie Yen is a stand-out performance, not just for the martial arts, but portraying the calm demeanour which boils over in to his love for his family.