Donnie Yen returns in IP Man 4: The Finale to reprise his role as the title character in what promises to be the last installment in this blockbuster series. Today, we have a first look teaser from the upcoming action thriller, and it appears that this franchise is definitely going out with a bang.
Wells Go USA Entertainment has announced that IP Man 4: The Finale will be in theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th, which for some action aficionados, this is the best gift they could get. In the movie, Ip Man’s (Donnie Yen) life remains unchanged after his wife’s death, but he and his son are slowly drifting apart. To seek a better future for his son, Ip Man decides to travel to the U.S. only to find the stable, peaceful life abroad is only skin deep. Underneath lies a deep rooted racial discrimination that is far worse than he has expected. Ip Man re-examines his position and ponders on the reason he took up martial arts in the beginning.
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Ip Man arrives in America to look for a school for his son but finds himself defending Chinese culture against an American imperialist officer. Inside a sports arena in San Francisco, the audience is giving Bruce Lee a big round of applause for his demonstration of Chinese martial arts. Sitting on the spectator stand, Ip Man is especially pleased with his protégé’s performance.
In addition to visiting with Bruce Lee, Ip Man’s main purpose of coming to America is to find a school for his son and broaden his horizon. Ip Man soon realizes the stable, peaceful life abroad is only skin deep. Underneath lies a deep rooted racial discrimination that is far worse than he has expected.
Miles away from home, Ip Man longs to hear his son’s voice. Yet every time he calls home, his son refuses to answer. Feeling particularly lonely, his cough worsens. Diagnosed with cancer, he comes a long way to make final arrangements for his son, yet this land of dream is far from anything he has imagined – cultural differences, generation gap and feeling lost.
Ip Man soon gets embroiled in a conflict between Chinese and Western martial artists. Several martial artists are severely injured by Barton, an American officer. Ip Man re-examines his position and ponders on the reason he took up martial arts in the beginning. In the end, he decides to challenge Barton as a Chinese martial artist. A final showdown between East and West is about to commence. It is a fight for the dignity of Chinese culture and to reshape people’s thinking about whether the grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence.
Wilson Yip Wai Shun directs IP Man 4: The Finale, with an ensemble cast that Donnie Yen with Wu Yue, Van Ness, Scott Adkins, Kent Cheng, Chan Kwok Kwan Danny, Kanin Ngo, Chris Collins and Vanda Margraf. You can check out the first teaser along with a couple of images direct from Well GO USA.