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  1. KUNG FU BOB

    Guess the movie?

    BRUCE LEE: IN ANIMATION: β€œCHINESE GODS” ?
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    What's Your Favorite Park Chan-wook Movie?

    Nope. 20 years later, and still a no go on that one. πŸ™„ She doesn't mind subtitles at all, she just isn't drawn to films about the military or war. I told her it is a deep, human drama, not really a "military film", but she always opts for something else over J.S.A.. She's a fan of Park's other films, so of course I thought I could interest her in it by repeatedly mentioning that... but, no. πŸ˜‹ I'm not complaining though- she's watched more Asian films with me than the average person has watched films in general. And she was the one that said "Did you see the ads for PARASITE? It looks great; we've got to go see it." Not weird at all, for all the reasons you mentioned. Sometimes this one is my favorite too, which is why I can't choose one for this poll. Have any of you picked up the Arrow release of OLD BOY, which basically became a "VENGEANCE TRILOGY box set? Originally it was an OLD BOY only release, but then they had problems with some rights holder over some of the extras they had advertised, so they decided to include SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE and LADY VENGEANCE basically as extras to make up for not being able to include the previously promised features. My son ordered one for each of us. But then soon afterward they released a different version where they changed a few things including the packaging to a "THE VENGEANCE TRILOGY" set.
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    Netflix's The Witcher

    Whoops, sorry for my presumption. Thank you for the info! I'm looking forward to trying this game out. However, I've been so busy recently that I haven't had a chance to get involved in a new game/follow a new story-line. So if I want to play a game for a few minutes before bed or during a lunch-break, I just hop on my old, familiar horse in RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 (I already completed the story-line) and take a little ride. Hopefully in the next couple months I'll have a little more time and can start swinging a Witcher's sword and hunting evil creatures.
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    1917-SAM MENDES

    Ditto to what @sym8 said. We saw this in IMAX on Thursday night, and it's a fantastic film which takes you right along on the journey. The director filmed it in a bunch of very long takes (I was told that the entire last twenty minutes are one continuous take, which is mind-boggling) and blended them together seamlessly. This makes the experience seem so real instead of "put together with editing". And not once did I see anything that seemed like CGI or any sort of special effect either, it all seemed perfectly real. The cast play their roles with the utmost authenticity, always seeming to be living in World War 1 era times, and never feeling too modern (which I find to be a common distracting flaw in many period films). If I'd have first seen this on TV (even my nice, big 4K TV) I'd have been so upset that I'd missed it in the theaters (my son went with a few friends to see it a second time the very next day). I highly recommend seeing it on the biggest screen possible, not only for the picture, but for the full effect of the immersive sound design. 9/10 "I have spoken."- Kuiil 😁
  5. @Drunken Monk I'm so sorry to hear that you went through all that horror and trauma. Rape is arguably the most insidious form of violation that humans can enact upon one another, and I know it leaves deep scars on a person's soul. It's truly wonderful to hear that you've survived this, come out the other side, and found love and sobriety. Congratulations on surviving and thriving. Yes, here's to coping. So @Rodolphe Dux, you have also suffered at the hands of some of our species sickest individuals. My deepest sympathies to you. Fascinating and illuminating to hear that these films also helped you rise above such adversity. It's good that you didn't get caught up in addiction and that you have a musical outlet. But please don't say you "will never have friends or be married". I think you CAN have these things, though they might be somewhat different than the relationships a non-ADS person has, it is still possible. I've seen people struggling with many different kinds of diversity still manage to form relationships, both with friends and romantically, everything from interracial, physically and mentally handicapped, the loss of mobility, brain damage... Please keep your mind open to the possibilities. You have friends in us. Having them outside of the internet is the same but with some adjustments. Strive towards what you may be able to do if you try, and not on what you think you can't do that you haven't tried. Interacting with people can be like trying to find the right key on the piano that goes with the previous and the next that you touch. It's another form of music for you to play. As for film... yes, big difference. My son went to see THE HATEFUL EIGHT in 70mm and couldn't stop talking about the difference. I'm lucky I got to grow up when I did, and that my parents took me to see so many films throughout my life. You mentioned Woo- I've been fortunate to see HARD BOILED, A BETTER TOMORROW, HEROES SHED NO TEARS, THE KILLER (twice), A BULLET IN THE HEAD, BROKEN ARROW, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II, FACE-OFF and HARD TARGET in 35mm. Amazing experiences! I did see RED CLIFF too, at a film festival, but sadly not Part 2. I'm not 100% this last one was a 35mm print though- it may have been a digital projection. Oh, I'm surprised you aren't a fan of the Ip Man films. For me they hold up even after repeated viewings (sans that damn tabletop fight 😣). You won't be let down by Adkins in IP MAN 4- he's a beast! Agree completely about Mike Moeller. He'd have ruled the scene as a top gweilo fighter in the '80s. Fingers crossed he gets a shot in something good shot in HK soon. I've had a little interaction with Mike, and found him to be just as nice as he is talented at martial arts. A good dude.
  6. KUNG FU BOB

    The Mark of Eagle

    There is information pertaining to this in ALEXANDER FU SHENG: BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHINATOWN KID, but I can't recall the details. I'll have a look and get back here with what I find.
  7. Glad it was a nice experience for you. Yeah, the film's sound was very loud. I was told by a theater manager that some theaters will play films at a higher volume these days to try to discourage patrons from talking. It didn't work at my IP MAN 4 screening- they just spoke louder to hear each other over it. 😝 Occasionally I do find it uncomfortably loud at screenings. Yup, we're getting older bro.
  8. Okay, I'm going to go off on a tangent here. Please excuse my temporary derailing of the thread... Hey @Drunken Monk, thanks man. And no, not TMI at at all. I appreciate your openness and the fact that you take the medications that you can to regulate your condition. To me, any medical problem/imbalance of the brain is, and should be considered by all, to be exactly like any other kind of physical ailment. If someone has high blood pressure and needs medication to keep it in check, everyone takes that at face value, thinks it is normal, and understands. But there is often a stigma when it comes to accepting mental health conditions. The less thoughtful among us don't seem to understand that it's simply another physiological, or "body" problem. So I applaud you speaking freely about it and sympathize that you must go through such stress to enjoy what you love so much. Though I have not been properly diagnosed, it has been suggested by a few knowledgeable people that I may in fact be living with something similar (though to a much lesser degree than you endure). I was always very anxious around people outside of my family, and overcome with nearly crippling shyness. Where I grew up if you were a boy and didn't like football or other sports then you were immediately shunned by your peers. I was bullied as a kid for being a weirdo, as I liked monster movies, comic-books, reading and drawing. Then when I was a teenager I got jumped by a group of guys that beat me up for a long time. Most people would've eventually shaken it off, but after this violent attack I was emotionally traumatized and filled with the constant fear that it could happen again at any time, from anybody. I had seen the darker side of people , realized what they were capable of, and found it terrifying. Fear soon developed into anger. I had never been cruel or hurt anyone, but now I had to worry about being attacked by others? I was filled with resentment and withdrew from going out in public. Then, my kind-hearted boss Carl, who was also a terrific friend, suggested I try training in martial arts to feel safe and build up my confidence. But I had never been an athletic person- instead spending my days buried in a novel, drawing robots and creatures, and watching movies- and the thought of being in a group of tough jocks made my head spin with even more anxiety. He started talking about Bruce Lee, trying to give me confidence, but though I vaguely knew who Lee was and had seen his picture on T-shirts, I hadn't ever seen one of his films. Despite my protests that I wasn't interested, Carl insisted I watch ENTER THE DRAGON, so I rented it that night. It may sound like I'm being overtly dramatic, but it changed my life. Not only did it 100% inspire me to train in the martial arts, but it also sparked my enormous love for martial arts (and eventually, all genres of Asian) cinema. Training in the beginning was extremely difficult because of my mental and emotional obstacles, so I tried to focus my attention on the lessons and techniques and shut off the fear-based parts of my brain. I applied the same methods I'd taught myself to keep my attention focused as I worked on drawings while my hyper-active little sister was constantly screaming and doing gymnastics off the furniture around me. Visualizing the goal was the key. With a drawing I had an image in my head that I wanted to get onto paper. With learning the skills I imagined a clear, empty version of myself, and that I would fill and color that shell with what I learned from each lesson. I had only begun to train as a means to an end- to be able to defend myself and feel safe- but to my surprise I became very excited about and had a natural (heretofore unknown) affinity for learning and utilizing techniques. (you never know what you'll be good at until you try new things.) Unfortunately I didn't suddenly get over how I felt on the inside, and that meant that I was still very angry and becoming dangerous. I went through... lets call it "a bad phase". Still paranoid, and now with a burgeoning arsenal of martial arts skills and a complete lack of tolerance for any bullying (of myself or others) or anybody doing me (as I perceived it) wrong, I became a fighter with a hair-trigger. I had several years of acting a bit like "a psycho" and solving any problems with jerks via violence. One of the reasons I brought all this up is because as I went to the movies constantly, there were many incidents revolving around me losing my shit on thoughtless theater patrons. This was the place where I could be set off the easiest, as it was simply a matter of thoughtless, selfish, asinine people that refused to behave like adults and had no problem with ruining every other person's experience with their noise and nonsense. I was completely intolerant, considered their behavior a form of bullying (especially when it was big groups who thought no one would dare call them out because they'd be too intimidated) and would tell people talking/ acting up during a movie to "shut up" in a most tactless and harsh manner. If they persisted, it would often wind up with me threatening them or telling them to step outside. Fortunately, once they were confronted by a fearless (I was too mad and stupid to be afraid) guy willing to come to blows over it, a lot of these assholes would be quiet, or apologize. Sadly, some of these imbeciles would not back down, indignant that their obnoxious behavior wasn't being tolerated. I'm so very, very lucky that I never killed anybody, got killed or seriously injured, or wound up in jail. Still, causing bodily injury to someone because they lessened the degree to which I enjoyed my entertainment while watching a film... uh, not acceptable. 😞 Thankfully, after several harrowing years of my friends and loved ones having to deal with my problem, and living in my own haze of negativity, I wound up overcoming my anger, found inner peace, began to develop a profound understanding of the true meaning of martial arts (hint: it ain't f**king people up) and started feeling properly alive again. I put my fighting skills in my back pocket to use in case of emergency (instead of walking around with clenched fists waiting to go nuts), continued to train, and tried to become a more tolerant and compassionate person- the kind of person I had been before I was attacked. These days I have the confidence to politely ask people to be quiet if they are being annoying. Why politely? Well, I'm a father now, not some crazed, young, loose cannon, and I want to model behavior my son can look up to, not be embarrassed by. Also, you can't expect to model poor behavior/manners and hope to influence better behavior/manners in others. I understand that, as aggravating as it is to tolerate, that not everyone was raised the same way, with the same standards that I perceive as "correct", nor do all of us have the same social and emotional intelligence or self control. Letting myself get caught up in their problems is a choice I try not to make. Still, my patience is certainly tried in situations like the IP MAN 4 screening, as it was too much to simply ignore, and the poor behavior of those people had a big effect on my experience. So even though I tried to see that in context, it was just a drop of water in the ocean of life and let it go (one movie, no big deal), I did wind up complaining about it here on the forum. Thanks for listening BTW. 😁 I can only control me (usually... my lack of self control around Mom's Christmas cookies says otherwise ), and it's a losing game to try to control others. I try to live and let live, and speak up for myself (or others) only when needed and in a thoughtful (not angry) manner. And it's important to keep in mind that even when we experience something bad, it can lead to something good. Look, if I hadn't been jumped I wouldn't have trained in martial arts, perhaps would never have got into Asian cinema, wouldn't have met all the wonderful friends I have here, and that means @SMK and I likely wouldn't have met, hosted the Forum when it lost it's home... A lot of incredible things came to be because of that one beating I took. Totally worth it! 😊 On a side note, we saw 1917 last night. Great audience, fantastic film. Anyway, again, sorry to everyone for derailing the thread! πŸ˜‡ @Rodolphe Dux I'm sorry to hear that. Wow, really? I hadn't ever heard that about French audiences. But have you ever been to a theater in Philadelphia or New York? I wonder if you experienced that if you might be shocked and realize French audiences are actually quite angelic in comparison. LOL Or, you might say "These people are so tame and quiet!" Who knows. I hear you on the whole digital "film" thing. So strange that now getting to see real film is the exception to the rule, and considered a special event. IP MAN 4 is out on Blu-ray here on the 21st of April. Hope you get to see it soon and that you are one of the people that thoroughly enjoys it. Hahahaha... Right? πŸ˜„ Only members of a certain age are going to get that reference. LOL Is that Spanky from The Little Rascals?
  9. Yikes! We used to go to the dollar store around the corner from the theater we frequented, and pick up a couple boxes of candy for about a third of what they cost in the theater. Stopped eating candy, so that's not a problem anymore. The waste of buying water bottles is enormous, so we usually carry our own refillable water bottles with us (which is both environment and wallet friendly), but IP MAN 4 was playing at a theater we don't typically go to and we weren't sure if they'd ask to look in my son's backpack, so we had to buy drinks there. Movie theater popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, so I always spend the outrageous asking price for it. The good thing is that I usually don't finish it, and they have free refills. So I get it refilled and take it home. It'll last me for two more movies at home, or one if my wife and I share it while watching something together. But we never buy pizza, hot dogs or chicken fingers at the theater as they are ridiculously priced. Fortunately with mine and my son's schedules we usually have time to eat dinner before seeing a movie, so they only "get us" with the popcorn. I rarely go to the city (Philadelphia) anymore to see stuff, but when we do, there's also the cost of parking. And according to which theater you go to, it can also be fairly steep. Anyway, paying nearly $60 for tickets, water and popcorn to sit with rude cretins and watch a mess of a movie makes Bob a dull boy. 😐
  10. @Drunken Monk I'm so glad it played well for you, and found your comments very interesting. Again, I'm glad that you enjoyed it @OpiumKungFuCracker. In fact, loved it! I'm still shocked that you weren't impressed at all with IP MAN 3 though. Please check out (at least) the final duel from it again. I think it's top-notch. And I did see IP MAN 4 in the theater. Actually, I think this was a major detriment to my viewing experience. First, we had to sit kind of far to one side, which sucks, and we had a phone-happy talkative crowd. The the guy two seats over from me in my row shook his leg really hard during every action scene, which caused his seat to make a fast, loud clicking noise (and of course I could feel the movement too as the seats in the row are attached). This might sound petty, but it threw off the rhythm of the action for me, as it was choreographed to a certain tempo, with the music complimenting it. But then this guy's noise over it- imagine listening to a good rock song and trying to enjoy it while someone else is playing a drum solo at a completely different tempo at the same time. Not only distracting, but somewhat maddening. It was most likely a nervous tic or something the guy couldn't control, but sheesh- hell of annoying. Then right behind me, and behind me and to my left were two couples that talked throughout the entire film. Both appeared to be trying to impress their girlfriends with their, ahem, wealth of knowledge, one speaking in Chinese, the other in English (mixed tempos on top of mixed tempos!). I'm sure the ladies were totally enlightened by such deep comments as "This is Chinatown.", "That's Bruce Lee", "He hit him hard!", and "This guy's been in a lot of movies..." after which he began listing Scott Adkins filmography. Normally I am quick to ask people to be quiet, but it's usually one group or individual. What was I supposed to do here, stand up and explain "Hey folks, none of you are in your living-rooms. This is a movie theater. I didn't pay to hear your mindless banter. Please shut your noise-holes."??? Okay @One Armed Boxer I may have thrown up in my mouth a little after reading that someone you know prefers IP MAN 2's Sammo vs Donnie Yen table-top fight to their SPL battle. I'm trying to respect this, um... different opinion, but it makes my head spin a bit. Personally I think the IP MAN 2 fight between them is 85% shit, 10% passable, and with 5% great. I definitely agree with you about this scene. As for the jingoistic stuff, that doesn't bother me. I don't mind watching films from other countries, or this country, that are overly patriotic or touting their superiority. Agree again- I missed Lynn Hung Doi-Lam's performance of Missus Ip and the life she brought to the first film, so it was good to see her getting more to do in part 3. Early in the film the action is good, but it seems to get better and better as the film goes on, climaxing with that excellent hand-to-hand and weapons duel. Okay, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for taking the time to share this info. Sometimes knowing the "why" can help me appreciate the finished product more. For instance, when I watched HARD TARGET 2 I thought "Well that left a lot to be desired." But then I watched the "making of", and after finding out how tight the budget and time schedule was, I appreciated the final product a lot more for what they had managed to accomplish under the circumstances. Yeah, Ip's son was really being a little asshole (especially with no context as to what his problems were). I do enjoy seeing a racist get pummeled. 😊 I also agree that Donnie gave a great performance, dug the glass table bit, and love the chain-punches. I absolutely don't blame Chris Collins and Scott Adkins for their OTT acting, I'm sure they were instructed to do it that way, and I think they both played it as well as could be expected under the circumstances. Despite all the things that bothered me about it, I will be purchasing this on Blu-ray. Hopefully I'll like it more upon a second viewing. At the very least I won't have an audience of thoughtless assholes distracting me. I'm down to see all of these happen. More (relatively) modern kung fu tales? Yes please! How come IP MAN 4 was able to do so much with Bruce Lee? I thought they had a lot of problems from the Bruce Lee Estate when depicting him in IP MAN 3? I picked that release up, though I still haven't watched it yet. Curious about both the film and how Well Go USA do with 4K. I don't have a 4K player yet, but my son does, so I'll watch it with him at his place. I'm looking forward to seeing "the Chinatown section with the karate vs Kung fu masters" again. That had some solid choreo and strong looking strikes from Chris Collins. Hmmm, interesting point, but I disagree about Scott Adkins being able to handle HK choreo. Have you seen him in EXTREME CHALLENGE (2001)? He's amazing, and that was his first (or maybe this came after ACCIDENTAL SPY? So possibly his second) time doing it. I think that in IP MAN 4 he is acting like the character he is playing, showing a less dexterous style of movement. But that's just my take on it. Perhaps when I see it again without the hellish accompaniment of the shaking leg/chair I will see what you mean. πŸ˜„ Yes, more of Ip and his family would've been great. I did feel a bit during a few scenes, but nothing like in the previous entries. Hope I dig it more next time. I hope you fall on the "loved it" side of the fence @reason108. And yeah, you can always depend on the overpriced popcorn. $9.00 for a large popcorn at the theater where I saw this! I treated my son, so bought us two large popcorns and two waters and it was $31.00! 😣 Forget anything in the movie, clearly this was the most brutal move I experienced that day. πŸ˜‹
  11. Jackie was also in the same cast as Bolo for ENTER THE DRAGON. πŸ˜€
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    Parasite (2019) Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho reunite!

    I hear you on that @OpiumKungFuCracker. But as a dog-lover myself I still highly recommend it. Thankfully there is nothing in there that is horrible or will haunt your dreams. It's actually incredibly, darkly funny like most of his films. I watched a bit of the 77th Golden Globes Awards, and when PARASITE won for Best Motion Picture- Foreign Language my wife and I applauded (yeah, we're silly 😊). Director Bong Joon-ho gave a good acceptance speech (mostly via a translator), and one of the things he said (which quickly become a popular meme) was "Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films." Preach, good sir. Preach! 😁
  13. KUNG FU BOB

    Netflix's The Witcher

    Have you read the books or played the games @Karlos? When I looked into getting the one (THE WITCHER III) that had been recommended, I was keen on starting the series from the beginning, but the first couple aren't on the Playstation platform (the only gaming system I own). A quick Google search had people saying that you can start with the third and be fine, but you'll be missing a lot of backstory and some earlier plot-lines that weave into the third one in a satisfying way will have less meaning. Still, I'm curious how good were the early games? So far there have been (I think πŸ™„) a couple of very abrupt time shifts where the story seems to leap forward significantly.
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    Netflix's The Witcher

    Sure brother. My lady and I watched episode 4 last night. Very enjoyable! Strangely, I had never heard of THE WITCHER (books, games, or the series) until the day before the series premiered on Netflix.* One of the gents at 88 Films mentioned that he was looking forward to to it and I asked what it was. After his description about it winning "Game of the Year" I used a gift card to purchase a copy (don't know when I'll get to play it... πŸ™„) and put the series into my queue. *If anyone has previously told me about this game and that they thought I would dig it ( @Karlos maybe?) I apologize that I forgot. πŸ˜‹
  15. My son and I went to see this on New Year's Day, as we figured what better way to start the new year? In anticipation of the new film we had re-watched and really enjoyed the first three, though I do feel that films two and three have their weak moments, mostly involving out of place wire-work. Most especially the incredibly disappointing tabletop fight in the second film, which should have been a standout sequence as it involved Yen going up against several Hong Kong action cinema Legends. Donnie fighting Lo Meng, "The Toad" from FIVE VENOMS (and a veteran of many Chang Cheh Shaw Brothers classics) should've been a showstopper. It isn't. However, unlike a lot of people, I think IP MAN 3 is really good, and would argue that the end duel is one of the best kung fu sequences committed to film in decades. I always kind of scratch my head in confusion at people saying that they did not like this film at all. As for IP MAN 4, I've got to say, I am really shocked at the great reviews that it is getting because aside from the action (most of it anyway) I did not think it was very good. When it was over, thinking "Is it just me?", I turned to my son and said "Did you like it?", and he just said "No" and actually looked kind of pissed off. The plot and story are such a jumbled mess that it feels like one of those releases from Tai Seng where they condense an entire TV series into a "movie". The plot went a lot of places that I did not care about, and did not go to places that the story definitely needed it to go. The tension between Ip Man and his son Ip Ching (his eldest son, Ip Chung, depicted in the earlier films is never mentioned at all, nor are the two daughters he also had ever acknowledged in the entire film series) should have been fleshed out. The way it stands now, he is just a belligerent teenager, and we only (sort of) find out what the problem between them is (and still, the "why" of it is never explained) in the final moments of the movie, long after any drama related to it would have any meaning. The way that the Department of Immigration, The US Marines and the Chinese Benevolent Association were presented was so laughable that it felt like how elementary school children would write them. Another complaint is that it often feels like the main character is sidelined while we look at a lot of other characters that we don't care nearly as much about. I've seen a lot of people complaining about this film (and other kung fu flicks), here on the forum and elsewhere, about the depiction of Caucasian characters and their racism in Hong Kong/Chinese films. I don't have a problem with movies that focus on this time period continuing to make this a major plot point because IT WAS (and sadly still is, though perhaps to a somewhat lesser degree) something that was a major part of people's lives. When a country goes to another country and rules them, there's always going to be animosity, and there was absolutely rampant racism towards the Chinese in Hong Kong from the British, and equally from the Americans here in the States. I do however think it's a shame that for whatever reason (for the most part) Hong Kong filmmakers continue to feel that they have to drop any sense of nuance or actual realism in the performances from Caucasian actors playing these roles, instead turning them into ridiculous cartoons. It diminishes what should be a very serious and emotionally compelling subject when it is made to seem silly. If director Wilson Yip had allowed Scott Adkins, who is a fine actor, to play the racist drill sergeant with the same realism that Donny Yen gets to play his role, I think it would have made everything that happened between them much more powerful. The way that the African-American character of Billy (one of Bruce Lee's students) was presented was an especially cringe-worthy caricature, and audience members laughed at almost every line he said. The director had the actor play the character so over the top that it was like something from a children's film. A shame, because the actor (couldn't figure out his name- no listing for "Billy" on IMDB) had a chance to show off a few of his martial arts moves and he looks like a very skilled guy. I'm glad that the horrible racism was shown (however disturbing it is to witness), and that an attempt was made to promote equality among all races, however ham-fisted it may be here. Another thing that people complain about that did not bother me is how historically inaccurate the entire thing is when depicting Ip Man. I thought it was made clear in the first movie that this was not in any way supposed to be a realistic autobiographical depiction of the character (enjoyable as that may have been). It is much more like the films about Wong Fei-Hung; based on a real person, but works of fiction simply meant to entertain. Yes, the people that know a little bit about Ip Man are well aware that he never went to the United States, that Bruce Lee never attended his funeral, etc. Not having to worry about sticking to the facts should have given the four screenplay writers plenty of room to concoct a well-thought out and entertaining story. It should have. Now for the positive aspects... The cinematography and production design is lush, filled with brilliant colors, and a surprisingly convincing looking period San Francisco Chinatown. Donnie Yen is excellent here, once again, both in his acting and physical performances (though I definitely felt like he was not given as much to do as he should have been). There are some rousing action scenes, but even these, especially in the first half of the film seem to be missing something, and largely did not have much of an impact on me. Wu Yue, who I last saw kicking major ass in PARADOX (2017), is impressive here playing a Tai Chi master and head of the CBA. Chris Collins (who looks like his punches land like cannonballs) is strong once again playing a brutal fighter that gets to match his character's karate skills against multiple kung fu styles. This scene includes a nice bit of female empowerment in the form of actress Zhou Xiao Fei (whom I've only ever seen before in THE GRANDMASTER, 2013) as the lone female master. Wow, she certainly has the skills, and I hope to see a lot more of her! Danny Chan does a good job of playing Bruce Lee (though no one has ever played his postures and mannerisms better than Sammo Hung), and has a cool fight with the extremely intimidating Mark Strange. Nunchaku in the film- yay! Scott Adkins is fantastic as usual, absolutely lighting up the screen with his skills, and his on-screen battle with Yen (long awaited for many of us fans) does have some spectacular moments. Regarding One Armed Boxers Cityonfire.com review (https://cityonfire.com/ip-man-4-the-finale-2019-review/#comments), although I am usually a little bit easier to please than he is, more often than not, I tend to heartily agree with his reviews. So after seeing the film I checked out his take on it and was actually shocked at the rating that he gave it. I do agree with some of Paul's comments (his description of Adkins' performance is right on the money), but I would like to comment on the last line in his review where he says "Oh, and in case anyone is wondering – yes, there’s chain punches." Yes, it's true that there are chain punches; a Wing Chun technique which has become a bit of a high point man in these film's combat sequences. But I want to point out that during the climactic fight when Ip Man unleashes the much-loved chain punch, they actually cut away in the middle of it to instead show the audience's reaction, while we only hear the technique. When I saw this I thought "Really, are you kidding?!" This is just one little example of the many perplexing choices that the filmmakers made here. (No offense intended Paul, I respect your opinions. Much love brother.) I'm sure I will come back to this topic and hope to discuss it with you guys more, but for now I have to get back to work. In closing, I really wanted to love this film (and expected that at the very least I would enjoy it a lot), but that was not the case. Normally after watching one of these films I immediately want to re-watch it. If not the whole thing, certainly the action sequences. But when this was over I felt like I was simply done with it and left the theater feeling bummed out. I've watched thousands of kung fu films over many decades, and I am used to the fact that a large amount of them are lacking in most every department except the action scenes. But director Wilson Yip has made films that are much more than that, with the previous films being well-made productions- real films- with stories and characters I care about, so I was not prepared for that sort of thing with IP MAN 4. For me it is easily the weakest of the four films, feeling more like a cheap old-school flick with great fights framed by a story with little thought or reason put into it. I do truly hope that everybody else enjoys it much more than I did.
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