While it may seem miles away in quality from the first film, Ip Man 2 is still a great movie. Where it seems to lose its steam is the drawn out feud with the Western Boxer, Twister. While Yip’s confrontation is not overly done, Twister’s challenge and beating of Master Hueng and bullying of people takes away from what was a great semi-biopic. I don’t oppose the characters inclusion, I just think he had too much focus in the second half of the film and should have been more abbreviated while still keeping the overall content.
While that may sound like a gripe, it is minor and really does not hurt the overall quality of the film. In the original film the enemies or antagonists are very under developed letting the film focus and progress on the Ip Family. While this film gave a significant time to develop a back-story for the foreigners organizing a boxing match in town, yet leaving much of their set up unresolved in the end.