Dennis To’s IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTER Punches Down On The Cannes Virtual Market
Hands down, the actors culminating the Ip Man wave of movies and shows have all been influential in arousing ceremony for the long late Wing Chun grandmaster in the last twenty years.
For fans of martial arts and Asian action, it should come to no surprise, the reception of Dennis To, for that matter. He’s played the role twice before – in 2010 and again for Jeffrey Lau’s 2018 ensemble, Kung Fu League – and he’s since made a surprise reprisal as of late last year with Ip Man: Kung Fu Master, directed by Li Liming.
Decades before becoming Bruce Lee’s legendary teacher, the young Ip Man, then a police captain, is framed for the murder of a ruthless but honorable mobster, and targeted for vengeance by his dangerous daughter. Forced to quit the force, he must soon also contend with the arrival of the Japanese army in Guangzhou
According to Variety, the film scored 70 million views with its online release at the top of the year. It also stars Michael Wong and Wanliruo Xin, and is currently on the sales floor for the Cannes Virtual Market with All Rights Entertainment repping international sales.
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