Ip Man 4 (2019)
Directed By: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Danny Chan, Wu Yue, Van Ness, Scott Adkins, Chris Collins
Synopsis: Mixed martial arts superstar Donnie Yen is back for the final installment of the Ip Man Universe franchise in Ip Man 4: The Finale, directed by Wilson Yip. Donnie Yen reprises his role as the legendary Wing Chun master in the grand finale of the revolutionary martial arts series. Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son. From the action visionary behind Kill Bill and The Matrix, witness the heroic sendoff to the saga that inspired a new wave of martial arts movie fans.
Review: I was over the moon to recieve a screener for Ip Man 4 as I loved the first three entries.
Donnie Yen returns as Ip Man, this time around Ip is in his final years and much older now, which Donnie portrays perfectly. The movie takes place in San Francisco, but in the Chinatown district. So the movie never feels out of place and we are not forced to watch a fish out of water movie.
The movie didn’t once have me looking at my phone or wanting to be somewhere else, Donnie’s portrayal of Ip never tires me, I love how Donnie always seems more quiet and reserved when he could infact go and kick everyone’s ass!
As for fights the movie has quite a few, what’s missing is the IP Man vs many fight, which does fit into the narrative of the movie as Ip is older now and has problems of his own, but when he does throwdown be sure to give him a wide birth. Danny Chan kicks ass as Bruce Lee, everything from the look too the mannerisms seem on point. While Bruce appears its only an extended cameo really. Though he gets a memorable fight scene. I wish we got a full Bruce and Ip spin off, or even having Danny Chan have his own spin off series.
Scott Adkins is on villain duty as Barton Geddes, a marine who is very racist and thinks karate is the best form of martial art. It was good too see Scott and Donnie go toe to toe. Though the fight scene was good I still prefer the battle at the end of part 2, Martial artist Darren Shahlavi made such a memorable character and was such a memorable villain!
Overall it was a fitting end to the franchise and I purely enjoyed it! If this is Donnie Yens final ‘Kung Fu’ movie then he has gone out on a high. I now look forward to watching his next few releases. Donnie Yen truly is the boss when it comes to martial arts action cinema.