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|Ip Man 2|
|Pinyin||Yè Wèn Ěr: Zōng Shī Chuán Qí|
|Jyutping||Jip6 Man6 Ji6: Zung1 Si1 Zyun6 Kei4|
|Directed by||Wilson Yip|
|Produced by||Raymond Wong|
|Written by||Edmond Wong|
|Distributed by||Mandarin Films (HK)
Dream Movie Australia (AUS)
|Release date(s)||29 April 2010(HK, AUS)|
|Preceded by||Ip Man (2008)|
Ip Man 2 (traditional Chinese: 葉問2:宗師傳奇; simplified Chinese: 叶问2:宗师传奇; ) is an upcoming 2010 semi-biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, and starring Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. The film is a sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, and is based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts. Continuing after the events of Ip Man, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun and faces rivalry with the local master of Hung Ga. The film will also focus on a young Bruce Lee, who would later become one of Ip's most famed disciples.
Producer Raymond Wong first announced a sequel prior to Ip Man's theatrical release in December 2008. The film was intended to focus on the relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee. Having not been able to finalize negotiations with Lee's descendants on the rights to portray him as an adult, the filmmakers agreed to portray Lee as a child. Among the hundreds of young actors auditioning for the role, 10-year-old Jiang Dai Yan was cast in the supporting role. Principal photography for Ip Man 2 began in August 2009 and ended in November; filming took place inside a studio located in Shanghai. Apart from appearing in a supporting role, Sammo Hung returned as the film's martial arts choreographer.
Ip Man 2 is scheduled for a theatrical release on 29 April 2010 in Hong Kong.
Ip Man 2 is the second feature film overall to be based on the life of Ip Man, following the previous film Ip Man. The sequel is also the fifth film collaboration between director Wilson Yip and actor Donnie Yen. Ip Man 2 was produced by Raymond Wong, and will be distributed by his company Mandarin Films upon its theatrical release in Hong Kong. Wong's son, Edmond Wong, returned to write the screenplay. Apart from appearing in a supporting role for the sequel, Sammo Hung reprised his role as the film's martial arts choreographer.
Prior to Ip Man's theatrical release in December 2008, producer Raymond Wong announced plans to develop a sequel to the film. In March 2009, Wong announced that the Bruce Lee character might not appear in the sequel, as producers had not fully finalized negotiations with Bruce Lee descendants on the rights. In July 2009, it was announced that Ip Man 2 would focus on a young Bruce Lee, prior to Lee becoming Ip Man's most famed disciple.
Ip Man 2 sees several cast members from the first film reprising their respective roles. Donnie Yen reprises his role as Ip; Lynn Hung reprises her role as Wing Cheng, Ip Man's wife, who is pregnant with Ip's second child. To prepare for her role in the film, Hung asked producers for a 10-pound prosthetic belly to portray the feeling of being pregnant. Lam Ka-Tung reprises his role as Li Zhao, Ip's friend who is enlisted as a police officer upon his arrival in Hong Kong; Fan Siu-Wong reprises his role as Jin Shanzhao, Ip's aggressive rival in the first film. In the sequel, Jin attempts to retire from the martial arts world by becoming an ordinary citizen, and befriending Ip. In a cameo appearance, Simon Yam reprises his role as Ip's former friend Zhou Qingquan, who is now a beggar.
Sammo Hung was announced to be appearing as part of the cast in April 2009. Apart from serving as the film's martial arts choreographer, Hung will appear as Hung Jan Nam,  a master of Hung Ga which is a southern Chinese martial art. In August 2009, it was announced that Huang Xiaoming would be playing Huang Jin, a supporting character based on Wong Shun Leung, one of Ip Man's disciples and the person responsible for mentoring Bruce Lee. Former child star Shi Xiao Long was also announced to be a part of the supporting cast, also playing a disciple.
Yen and Yip reportedly conducted a worldwide casting call for a suitable candidate to play Lee, who is Ip Man's most celebrated disciple. The film will portray Lee at the age of 10. Yip and Yen debated over whether to look for an actor with solid martial arts foundation or looks. Among the 1300 Mainland Chinese candidates auditioning for the role, Yip narrowed the casting call down to two possible candidates: 10-year-old Jiang Dai Yan from Henan and 12-year-old Pan Run Kang from Heilongjiang. On 10 August 2009, it was announced that Jiang Dai Yan would be playing the role of a 10-year-old Bruce Lee.
In November 2008, Yip revealed that there would be another martial arts exponent in the film, explaining that the actor has been a fan of Donnie Yen. With no intention of revealing who he is and what role he plays in the film, Yip commented, "I can only say that he fights even more vehemently than Sammo Hung." In February 2010 however, it was announced that British actor and stunt performer Darren Shahlavi would have a supporting role as a boxing opponent fighting against Ip Man.
The screenplay was written by Edmond Wong, the son of producer Raymond Wong and writer of the first film. Yip announced that Ip Man 2 will be a much better film than the previous film, in terms of characterization and storyline. The film will focus on disputes between the disciples of Hung Ga and Wing Chun martial arts, as well as the conflict and rivalry of the two practitioners. Wing Chun, as taught by Ip Man, is being viewed as a martial art meant only for girls; Hung Ga, as taught by Hung Jan Nam, is being seen as a macho form of boxing. Of the two characters, Yip commented, "Sammo Hung's character is not exactly villainous, but he's very overbearing, just like his torrential Hung Ga. In contrast, Ip Man is very unassuming, much like his fist." Yip also stated that the film will have some moments of "family drama", such as the ongoing conflict between Ip Man and his wife Wing Cheng.
Prior to filming, a production ceremony for Ip Man 2 was held in Foshan, receiving plenty of media coverage. Principal photography began on 11 August 2009; filming took place in a sound stage at Songjiang Studios, which is located in Shanghai. On 28 October 2009, reporters were invited to the set to view the anticipated duel between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung as it was being filmed. Filming ended on 8 November 2009.
The film's martial arts sequences were choreographed by Sammo Hung, who also worked on the choreography for the first film. Prior to principal photography, Hung had undergone a major heart surgery. When he returned to the set, his dramatic scenes in the film were filmed first, with his fight sequences being filmed last. After the completion of filming, Hung expressed that he was unsatisfied with the fight sequences involving his character, presumably due to his heart condition. He also stated that he plans to challenge Yen in a future film: "Although I'm the martial arts choreographer, our moves were all rather regulated, being confined by the script. So, I made a pact with Donnie Yen to have a rematch next year if the opportunity arises."
Huang Xiaoming prepared for his role by learning Wing Chun martial arts. He turned his hotel room into a gym, practicing with weights and a wooden dummy. Huang received multiple bruises on his arms, due to his frequent practices on the dummy. Huang would also spend time practicing with the film's stunt team. Wilson Yip praised his performance in the film, stating that Huang "may not be a martial artist, but he specially ordered a wooden dummy, and trained daily at home. In the end, he is doing the action scenes better than Hiroyuki Ikeuchi in the first film."
The Chinese title of the film (simplified Chinese: 叶问2:宗师传奇; traditional Chinese: 葉問2:宗師傳奇), literally means Ip Man 2: Legend of a Grandmaster. The title is a play on the first film's working title which was Grandmaster Ip Man, a title that was changed when Wong Kar-wai clashed with producers, while trying to make his own Ip Man biopic. Wilson Yip explained that the title of the film as being purely coincidental rather than intentional: "The sequel is about Ip Man being elevated from a master, a hero to a grandmaster, so we have 'grandmaster' in the title."
Ip Man 2 will be released in select Asian countries and in Australia on 29 April 2010.