Taglines: The legend continues, the grandmaster returns.
Ip Man is a truly legendary man who lived in China in the last century. He happened to survive several wars and dozens of bloody battles, which seriously affected the fate of his people. It was a difficult moment in the history of China, when many fell. And people were not able to find the cherished world, since one trouble inevitably followed another.
The protagonist was sure that after the war he would finally be able to do what he really liked. He intends to start training young talents who will learn all the secrets of his incredible fighting skills, which only a few can master. And among them will be one incredibly capable student, who will have a great future. But before taking this guy to his school, Ip Man will be forced to face a new threat that comes from across the ocean. And now the great master has no choice but to once again enter into unequal confrontation in order to protect himself and his family. He is waiting for the last test, which will be the hardest to pass.
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
Also Known As: Yip Man 3
Creators: Edmond Wong, Chan Tai-lee, Jil Leung
Director: Wilson Yip
Star Cast: Donnie Yen, Zhang Jin, Lynn Hung, Patrick Tam, Karena Ng, Kent Cheng, Bryan Leung, Louis Cheung, Danny Chan, Mike Tyson, Tats Lau
Producer (s): Raymond Wong
Cinematographer: Kenny Tse
Production House: Golden Harvest Company, Dreams Salon Entertainment Culture, Henan Film & TV Production Group Henan Film Studio
Music: Kenji Kawai
Original network / Official Sites: Pegasus Motion Pictures
Release Year: 24 December 2015 (Hong Kong)
Runtime: 105 min
Genres: Action, Biography, Drama,
Country: Hong Kong, China
Language: English, Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Bengali
In 1959, Ip Man is settling into his low-profile life in Hong Kong. His elder son, Ip Chun, has returned to Foshan to study, leaving him with his younger son Ip Ching and his wife Cheung Wing-sing in Hong Kong. Bruce Lee visits Ip and asks to become one of his students. After Lee demonstrates his speed, Ip neither accepts nor rejects him, but insinuates for him to leave by opening the door.
After Ip Ching gets into a fight with his schoolmate, Cheung Fong, their teacher, Miss Wong, asks the parents to come to the school, though only the Ips arrive. As an apology, the Ip family invite Cheung Fong to their home for dinner. At Ip’s house, Cheung Fong displays rudimentary yet impressive Wing Chun skills. When Ip asks the boy who his mentor is, he says that it is his father, Cheung Tin-chi, who shows up to collect his son shortly after. Although Cheung interacts cordially with Ip, he secretly envies and seeks to surpass him, and participates successfully in underground fights to earn extra money.
The organiser, Ma King-sang, a local triad leader, also works for Frank, an American property developer and highly proficient boxer. Frank orders Ma to acquire a piece of land occupied by the school where Ip Ching and Cheung Fong study. Ma asks for a month for it to be done, but is threatened into assuring that it will be done within two weeks. The next day, when Ip goes to pick up his son from school, he witnesses Ma and his men coercing and beating the headmaster, who refuses to sell them the school. Ip interferes and restrains Ma, but is forced to release him. Ip seeks help from his close friend “Fat Po”, a local police detective. Fat Po agrees to help Ip, but claims a shortage of manpower and influence. Ip then decides to guard the school alongside his students.
That night, they fend off an attack by Ma’s men, who attempt to set fire to the school and kidnap the headmaster. Cheung Tin-chi happens to be passing by, and helps fight off the invaders and rescue the headmaster. Cheung’s skills impress Ip, who he thanks Cheung for his help. Tin Ngo-san, a local martial arts master and Ma’s former mentor, is enraged by Ma’s unscrupulous acts, and confronts Ma at the Hong Kong shipyard, accompanied by Ip, where he humiliates him in front of his men. Ma retaliates with a hidden knife, but Ip stops him. Fat Po arrives and keeps the situation at bay, but Ip lets Ma go again to de-escalate the situation. Ma finds Cheung and offers him a large sum of money to get revenge against Tin on his behalf. Desperate to open his own martial arts school, Cheung accepts the offer and attacks Tin, putting him in the hospital. Ip receives a call from the hospital and visits Tin.
Upon learning that Tin did not call him, Ip realises it was a set-up by Ma to lure him away from the school, so that his gang could kidnap some of the students, including Ip Ching and Cheung Fong. Ip arrives alone at Ma’s shipyard, where Ma holds Ip Ching at knife point and threatens to sell the children into slavery if the headmaster refuses to surrender the school. Upon learning that his son was also kidnapped, Tin-chi arrives and is allowed to leave with Cheung Fong due to being an associate; but after his son tells him that they still have his friends, he returns and fights alongside Ip. Ip and Cheung are able to hold their own until a troop of policemen led by Fat Po comes to arrest the gang, while Ma flees. After the incident, Frank dismisses Ma and sends a Thai boxer to go after Ip instead.
Returning home, Ip learns that Wing-sing has been diagnosed with cancer and may live only another six months. While taking Wing-sing home from a medicine shop, Ip is attacked in an elevator by the Thai boxer, who is defeated before the elevator reaches the ground floor. Fat Po later tells Ip about Frank, who wants to eliminate Ip at all costs for obstructing his plans. Ip confronts Frank in his office, where he engages Ip in a three-minute fight; Frank promises to leave Ip and the school alone if he can last the entire three minutes. Initially overwhelmed by Frank’s sheer muscle and force, Ip begins turning the tide when he changes his strategy to attack Frank’s lower half. They fight to a draw after the three minutes pass; Frank keeps his promise.
Cheung, with the money he obtained from Ma, opens his martial arts school, and claims that his Wing Chun is genuine while Ip’s is not. Cheung proceeds to build his reputation by defeating a number of martial arts masters. Finally, he challenges Ip to a battle that will decide who is the true Grandmaster of Wing Chun. Meanwhile, Ip spends more time with his ailing wife, ashamedly feeling that he had neglected her earlier. Ip does not attend the match, instead going out dancing with Wing-sing, instructed by Lee, whom Ip finally accepts as a student. Cheung is declared the winner because of Ip’s failure to attend, although he seems unsatisfied that Ip would not fight him. Wing-sing, despite being happy about Ip’s decision to accompany her, makes an appointment with Cheung for another match on her husband’s behalf, as she correctly guesses that Ip would have attended if not for her condition.
Wing-sing accompanies Ip to the fight. After a battle with six and a half point poles, butterfly swords and an empty-handed fight, Ip eventually overpowers Cheung with a one-inch punch. Accepting defeat, Cheung destroys the banner proclaiming himself to be the Grandmaster. Ip tells him that spending time with their closest ones is more important than competing with others. In the epilogue, it is stated that Wing-sing passed away in 1960, and that Ip helped make Wing Chun well known internationally and left a legacy.