Exhausted everything on your streaming service recommended lists? Worry not fellow quarantiners — there’s something new and exciting arriving tomorrow. This universally loved martial arts series officially comes to a close with the release of Ip Man 4 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story started back in 2008 when Donnie Yen first took on the based-on-a-true-story role of martial art Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. Then taking on the Japanese military during World War II in the Chinese town of Foshan, the narrative in the last chapter sees Ip making the trip to San Francisco, where he confronts, among other competitors, some bigoted members of the US Marines.
He doesn’t have to face them alone, however. Viewers of the previous instalment will remember a cameo by a young Bruce Lee, played by Danny Chan, who has since migrated to America from Hong Kong to open his own school and is featured prominently in the film.
The action in Ip Man is as fast and furious as ever, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the return of legendary choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping of The Matrix and Kill Bill fame. Now 56, Yen hasn’t missed a single beat and looks as mesmerizing as ever delivering lightning fast blows to his foes.
There are so many great fight scenes it’s hard to single out a specific duel, but definitely one to watch out for is the matchup between Ip and Wan Zong Hua (Wu Yue), chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association. Fans of the franchise can expect more highflying combat and plenty of broken expensive-looking furniture.
Those longing for extra content after the movie is over are in for a treat: the home video includes a special making-of featurette containing footage with cast and crew like director Wilson Yip and main antagonist Scott Adkins.
Ip Man 4 will be available at retailers like Amazon.ca as well as digitally on iTunes and Google Play.