It’s probably okay if you missed the first three installments of Wilson Yip’s Ip Man tetralogy. In this outing, it’s the 1960s and the title character (Donnie Yen, 56) is an aging kung fu master with terminal cancer who comes to the United States at the behest of his best student, Bruce Lee (Danny Kwok Kwan Chan), for an exhibition match. The local Chinese aren’t happy that Lee is teaching martial arts to westerners. Lots of subplots emerge, each offering an opportunity for some lavish fight choreography. I haven’t seen it, because I watched Cats* this weekend, but RogerEbert.com loved it. Variety, meanwhile, made some intriguing points about the film’s stance on nationalism.
*I can’t recommend it, but also go while you can.
Ip Man 4: The Finale is playing at both Cinemaworld Lincoln and East Providence Cinemas.