IP Man 4: The Finale is a Hong Kong martial arts film. Wilson Yip is its director. Along with, Raymond Wong, Wilson Yip, and Donnie Yen as its producers. Edmond Wong, Dana Fukazawa, Chan Tai Lee, and Jil Leung Lai Yin as the screenplay writers. And, Mandarin Motion Pictures serving as the film’s production company. It is the fourth and final film in the Ip Man film series. Also, it is based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster. The film cast includes- Donnie Yen, Wu Yue, Vanness Wu, Scott Adkins, Kent Cheng, Danny Chan, and Ngo Ka-nin. Moreover, the film came out on 20th December 2019.
The film follows the Kung Fu master, IP Man, travelling to the U.S. where his student, Bruce Lee, has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. He also finds out about his Throat Cancer after his wife’s death in 1964. Several events progress through the story, with the IP man meeting Becky, daughter of Wan. Ip Man and his son encounter racial discrimination after travelling to the United States to seek a better life.
In addition, the film mainly centres around the relationship between Ip Man and his son. The film ends with when in 1972, Ip succumbs to his cancer at age 79, and Lee pays respect to his master at the funeral. An epilogue reveals that the Marines had officially incorporated Chinese martial arts into their routine in 2001. Moreover, the film’s budget was $52 million. Furthermore, the film made a collection of $193.1 million at the Box-Office.
Critical Reception, Reviews and Behind The Scenes
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of critics give the film a positive review based on around 30 reviews. The site’s critics consensus reads, “Packed with action and featuring some of Donnie Yen’s finest fighting, Ip Man 4: The finale serves as a satisfying rebound – and the fitting finale – for the franchise.” Also, on Metacritic, the film has an average score of 62 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating “generally favourable reviews.” In addition, the movie is the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time in the country. Also, according to a Mainland Chinese state-run movie review site Shine.cn, the movie was the third highest-grossing Chinese film in North America in five years.
Behind The Scenes of the film was a lot of action grilling and stunts. Action director Yeun Wo Ping came up with new action stunts and moves for all the characters to perform in the movie. All the actors put in great effort and time in filming all of martial arts scenes. Furthermore, the cast is happy with the film and what was portrayed through it. Scott Adkins says that he was blown away by Wunching style of martial arts and also says that working with Donnie Yen and Yeun Wo Ping is like working with legends. Also, Donnie yen says that he wanted all the scenes to look as realistic as possible. Overall, the cast was happy with the final outcome and are proud of their work.