The first trailer has been released for the latest movie about the legendary master of Wing Chun.
Before you get your hopes too high, this isn’t connected to the Ip Man series starring Donnie Yen. Though, a third movie in the Ip Man series is in the works, Ip Man 3D, that will once again reunite Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip. But, the “3D” aspect of it kind of worries me since its strikes me as odd to tack on that gimmick to a period piece.
That being said, the trailer does look like this could be an interesting movie. Anthony Wong (Infernal Affairs trilogy) stars as the title role of Ip Man with the story focusing on the later years of the Grandmaster. A young Bruce Lee is said to be among the pupils he trains in the film, but I don’t think anything has been confirmed yet. There is old footage of Bruce Lee doing demonstrations in the trailer, but I hope more is shown of him than that. Regardless, this looks action-packed and Anthony Wong, a martial arts practitioner himself who trained in Wing Chun for a year in preparation for the role, is a seasoned actor who can bring a lot of new depth to the already infamous character.
There are a few characters that are portrayed in various aspects throughout Hong Kong cinema history. The biggest one being Wong Fei Hung, a martial artist from the turn of the 20th Century who became a folk hero and the subject of many movies, some starring legends like Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Another is Chen Zen, a fictitious character first seen in Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury/The Chineses Connection and later portrayed by Jet Li and Donnie Yen. Thanks to Donnie Yen, Ip Man has been pushed to the forefront of the public eye with his movie series, and has spawned many more. The most recent being Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster starring Tony Leung, which I cannot wait to see. But with so many movies coming out in a short amount of time and even a TV show in the works, I’m just worried that the Ip Man story will be worn out way before it should.
Nonetheless, I’ll be keeping an eye on this movie and hopefully review it if and when it comes State-side.