IP MAN 4: THE FINALE – Review by Jessica Kiang

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Flat-footed storytelling meets fleet-footed choreography and sumptuous production values in the untaxingly fun “Ip Man 4: The Finale,” the last installment of director Wilson Yip and producer-star Donnie Yen’s glossy mythmaking tetralogy about the famous Wing Chun master.

The insistent subtitle is there for a reason: everyone, Yen included, thought that “Ip Man 3” would be his last time donning Ip Man’s priestlike tunic. Then again, after “Ip Man 2,” still the best in the franchise, Yen was also reportedly reluctant to return. A little like the great, wise, noble sifu (“master-father”) he so convincingly embodies, Yen apparently only re-enters the fray when circumstances (read: box office) leave him no other option. Continue reading.

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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang is a Berlin-based freelance film critic with regular bylines in Variety, Sight & Sound and The Playlist, where she was also Features Editor for the five years during which it was part of Indiewire. She is a veteran of festival juries from Iceland to Cairo to Toronto, and regularly attends all the major European and Asian film festivals.