THE MOVIE: In Ip Man: The Final Battle, Anthony Wong (Beast Cops) is taking over the role of Ip Man (after Donnie Yen, Dennis To and most recently, Tony Leung in The Grandmaster), playing him from age 40 to his passing in 1972. The film is being directed by Herman Yau. There’s no word if it’s an official continuation to Yau’s Legend Is Born: Ip Man or just another “unrelated” Ip Man tale.
The film also stars Anita Yuen Wing Yi (Thunderbolt), who will be playing Ip Man’s wife. According to the promo poster, Jordan Chan (Enter the Eagles) and Eric Tsang (Gen X Cops) also appear. The character of Bruce Lee will be featured, but his part is still currently being cast.
Updates: According to Chinese Films, Ip Man: The Final Battle is set in Hong Kong, [Anthony] Wong, who plays the middle-aged Ip Man, and his five pupils battle the local bully. We assume one of those five pupils is a young Bruce Lee.
Don’t miss the action-packed trailer, which features a fight between Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang(!). What do you think, does Anthony Wong have what it takes to be Ip Man? | Don’t miss the Second Trailer ahead of the film’s opening at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.
In case you haven’t seen all the posters, here they are: Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster 3 | Poster 4 | Poster 5 | Here’s some good news if any of you are wondering about the film’s outcome. Ip Man: The Final Battle has took home the Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) Bronze Prize. Thanks to HK Top Ten for the heads up.
Distributor Well Go USA has acquired the North American rights to both Anthony Wong in Ip Man: The Final Battle and Donnie Yen in Iceman Cometh 3D. Look forward to a top tier Blu-ray/DVD/digital release for both films, with Ip Man hitting September 20th, 2013 and Iceman arriving in Spring of 2014.