New trailer for the upcoming sequel to 2008’s Ip Man, semi-biographical martial arts film, Ip Man 2: Legend of The Grandmaster, has been released.
Ip Man, a grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts is also well known for being Bruce Lee’s teacher.
A sequel, directed by Wilson Yip and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role and also stars legendary martial arts actor Sammo Hung as the villain.
Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip’s movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule.
He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts.
Here’s the official Ip Man 2 synopsis:
After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Foshan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip wants to support his family by opening up a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style.
But a corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters, led by Hung Chun-nam (the legendary Sammo Hung), refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself – and prove himself he does, in an intense series of fights against the masters showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles, culminating in a highly anticipated brawl between Ip and Hung atop a rickety table.
But even after gaining the respect of the masters, Ip’s troubles are far from over. Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named Taylor “Twister” Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people.
Ip Man 2 which also stars stars Lynn Hung, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan among others hits theaters across the US and Canada on January 28, 2011.