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    claims to be the finale

    It's actually part 2 of franchise 2, but the U.S. DVD bears the same design as franchise 1 in order to sell it as part 3 of said franchise. Despite such marketing shenanigans, it's ok. IM:FF lacks the machismo of Donnie Yen in franchise 1 and the smoldering artistry of the Oscar contender, but it stands on its own as an enjoyable Kung Fu flick. It's like a postcard from vintage Hong Kong, set on the cluttered rooftops and the back alleys of the walled city. The color schemes have a hand-tinted tone just like the old photos of the period. Even the soundtrack reflects the times. The story is somewhat apologetic, redeeming rumors of Ip Man's autumn years and injecting an underground fight subplot for more fight scenes. The fights aren't as hard hitting as Donnie's work (who can be nowadays?) but they are satisfactory considering that most of the actors aren't known as action stars. It's the actors that shine.

    Anthony Wong and Eric Tseng are two of my fav HK character actors. Wong, always lends a certain genuineness to his roles, even in comedic farce. He's akin to Michael Caine, been at it forever taking a wide range of textured supporting roles and the occasional lead (check out Dr. Lamb, which is Wong's precedent to Hannibal Lector). Wong did train traditional Kung Fu for a while, but it's not what he's known for cinematically. I once compared Tseng unfairly to Danny Devito because they are both short and round, but they have both done unique exemplary work (Tseng in Infernal Affairs, inspiration for The Departed, and Devito in Matilda and Always Sunny in Philadelphia). The fight scene Wong vs. Tseng is well done considering that Kung Fu is not a specialty of either actor (although Wong has trained in TCMA). Newcomers Timmy Hung (Sammo's eldest son) and Jordan Chan (who stole the show in Dragon Pearl, a Sino-Aussie production starring Sam O'Neil recapturing his Jurassic days with a Chinese dragon) were both good, especially Jordan. I expected a little more from Gillian Chung.

    Like with part 1 of this franchise, Ip Chun, has a cameo, although in this one, it is fleeting. The film is told from Ip Chun's perspective, which gives this franchise his blessing, kind of like how Dragon got the blessing of Linda Lee. But lineage politics (so pervasive in this style), Bruce Lee references (modestly done here), and apologies aside, this is an amusing Kung Fu flick with plenty of decent fight scenes. No swordfights. Ratchets and axes. A lion dance fight. Ice tong fight. Lots and lots of Wing Chun.
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    Checkley Sin Kwok Lam

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    January 18, 2022
    10:07 PM PST
    Last Updated 12 hours ago
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    Kung fu master Sin wants to run Hong Kong as leadership race looms

    By Jessie Pang and Twinnie Siu

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    A Chinese national flag (L) and a Hong Kong flag fly outside the Legislative Council, three days before the territory celebrates the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip


    HONG KONG, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Hong Kong kung fu master and film producer Checkley Sin Kwok Lam said on Wednesday he intended to run in the city's leadership race, a surprise move that comes as incumbent leader Carrie Lam has yet to confirm whether she will run for a second term.

    The 65-year-old is the first person to announce their candidacy ahead of the election on March 27. Chief Executive Lam, who has presided over some of Hong Kong's most tumultuous periods in history, is due to end her term in June.

    Willing candidates need the backing of a powerful "patriots-only" electoral body formed by 1,500 pro-Beijing people in Hong Kong. It was unclear whether Sin had such support.

    In a YouTube video, Sin said his internet supporters convinced him to change his mind on not getting involved in politics.

    "Under the new election system, I believe every capable and reliable patriot can join the new chief executive election," Sin said. "I believe that I have the ability to win."

    With the election just weeks away, the silence from leader Lam and other heavyweights is unusual. Local media have speculated that potential candidates include Lam, Financial Secretary Paul Chan and former chief of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan. Lam has repeatedly declined to comment on whether she will run for a second term.

    Sin, who produced the film Ip Man, has been an active promoter of martial arts in the city. He heads the World Wing Chun Union, which focuses on the traditional southern Chinese kung fu style which was popularised in Hong Kong by Ip Man and Bruce Lee.

    Shares of National Arts Group , from which Sin resigned as chairman last July, soared more than 50% on Wednesday in their highest percentage gain since 2006. The company's market value is around HK$102 million ($13 million).

    Hong Kong-born Sin has his own YouTube channel with 155,000 subscribers and posts online every few days on topics ranging from politics to the Beijing Olympics. In 2021, one of his shows focused on what he called 'Western hypocrisy' on Hong Kong.

    He first started his online commentary in October 2019 at the height of Hong Kong's anti-government protests where he strongly sided with the government and the police force.

    The nomination period runs from Feb 15- March 2 and candidates must get nominations from at least 188 of the 1,500 people in the election committee, according to a document from city's legislature.

    ($1 = 7.7917 Hong Kong dollars)

    Reporting by Jessie Pang and Twinnie Siu; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Marius Zaharia and Michael Perry
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