IP MAN 4: THE FINALE (2019) Review
Directed by Wilson Yip
Ip Man 4 is the type of film that’s okay for guys to go overly soft with. You get to champion its main character for its personality, strength and passion for martial arts and his son. Damn, Donnie Yen made me feel so many things while watching Ip Man 4: The Finale. The story not only shows his challenges as a Kung Fu teacher but also his struggles as a father and as a Chinese in America in the 1960s.
The film is packed with enough action sequences for the fans of the genre, but it also has a solid story backed by impressive performances from its cast Donnie Yen, Wu Yue, Van Ness, Scott Adkins and Chan Kwok Kwan Danny.
Donnie Yen is impressive as always. You can feel the depth of his character, big thanks to his portrayal from the previous films. It’s that same feeling when a beloved franchise is closing, that even though the death is inevitable, you can feel his character throughout the film. It’s heavy, intense and heartfelt at the right moments.
Scott Adkins is scary good. He is the kind of villain that stays with you. You get to experience the inequality of races in the 1960s and Adkins’ character is close to evil in getting his revenge for the Americans.
Ip Man 4: The Finale is an intense, heartfelt and worthy conclusion. The action scenes are built up through emotions, the family and racial drama are deeply moving. It has all the elements of a great film. I will be carrying excitement, pain and hope the film gave me for weeks.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ is now showing in Philippine cinemas from Hiraya Global Films, Inc. Rated PG by the MTRCB.