Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip reunite for a third round of wing chun-related action, this time detailing the grandmaster Ip Man’s clash with a corrupt American property tycoon played by Mike Tyson, alongside a title challenge from a rival master (Max Zhang Jin). Veering away from the series’ breast-beating jingoism, Ip Man 3 trades the crowd-pleasing intensity of its predecessors for a more introspective portrait of its central character.
The Udine Far East Film Festival is currently ongoing in its idyllic Italian setting. Unfortunately I am not there this year (in fact I have never been), but I have reviewed a number of the films playing at this year’s fest. You can find links to those reviews below, which are published either at ScreenDaily.com or TwitchFilm.com:
Dragon Blade (dir. Daniel Lee, China)
Breakup Buddies (dir. Ning Hao, China)
Women Who Flirt (dir. Pang Ho Cheung, China)
Kung Fu Jungle (dir. Teddy Chen, Hong Kong)
Helios (dir. Longman Leung/Sunny Luk, Hong Kong/China)
Meeting Dr Sun (dir. Yee Chih-yen, Taiwan)
Port of Call (dir. Philip Yung, Hong Kong)
The Taking of Tiger Mountain (dir. Tsui Hark, China/Hong Kong)
Parasyte – Completion (dir. Takashi Yamazaki, Japan)
Following a string of historical martial arts epics, Donnie Yen makes his return to contemporary action films with this high-octane tale of an undercover cop torn between duty and loyalty that never quite hits the mark.