The transcript below is from the video “Top 10 Best Moments from Ip Man 4” by WatchMojo.com.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

For this list, we’re looking at scenes in Ip man 4 for that stuck out for their rousing fight choreography or emotional resonance.

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10. Hartman versus Collin

Ironically enough, some Americans have difficulty welcoming and learning from other cultures, though none more so than the movies villain, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Geddes. When the Asian American staff, sergeant Hartman brings a wooden Wing Chun training dummy onto the base, Geddes is having none of it. Unwilling to take Chinese kung-fu seriously Geddes has Hartman go up against karate master Colin to prove himself and the martial art. Hartman indeed has some skills, but he unfortunately doesn’t have the physique to best his opponent. Thinking he was proven right, Geddes makes an example out Hartman by making the Chinese troops run laps while the training dummy burns, establishing himself as one despicable antagonist not to be trifled with.

9. The Lazy Susan Fight

One extraordinary thing about these movies is that the martial artists on display have a knack for turning any setting into a fighting ground and any object into a weapon- even something as innocuous as a lazy Susan. In the scene, Ip man comes to San Francisco’s Chinese Benevolent Association looking for endorsement for his son to attend school in America. The CBA’s Chairman Master Wan is more than happy to write a letter of recommendation, provided that Ip man denounced his former student Bruce Lee for teaching Kung Fu to non-Chinese. Ip refuses, leading the two to express their strain on the table centrepiece. Neither relents, and so the heavy glass turntable has no choice but to shatter.

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8. Sergeant Geddes vs. Master Wan

If there’s one thing we’ve seen in these movies, its protagonists holding their ground in the face of injustice despite getting a serious beatdown for it. Said injustice again, comes in the form of Sergeant Geddes who seeks out master Wan for retribution for one of his fighter’s defeats- more on that later. Wan accepts this challenge and the two head to the marine base to settle their differences. At first it looks as if Geddes is going to have to eat crow for ignorance with Wan proving too quick for him. However, Geddes is able to stay staunch and land some killer blows sending Wan to the mat. Wan ultimately loses but his resilience in the face of adversity speaks volumes

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7. The School Yard Fight

Seeing Ip man’s exploits in America means we get to see him kick butt in different environments than in previous movies. After meeting with the high school principal to see about his son’s potential enrolment, Ip comes across Wan’s daughter, Yonah being accosted by a mean girl and her boyfriend’s cronies. Though Yonah fights back to some extent, she’s simply outnumbered. ever the one to defend the innocent, Ip man intervenes and gives the jocks of whooping they aren’t liable to forget. Sure, they’re adolescences, so it doesn’t go too hard on them, but he brandishes enough just to give them a taste of their own medicine; essentially spanking them with their own hockey sticks like they’re petulant children.

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6. The Mid-Autumn Festival Showdown

Here is where sergeant Geddes karate fighter gets embarrassed by Chinese kung fu, when he was trying to do just the opposite. Black belted Colin arrives at the mid-autumn festival in Chinatown looking for trouble. He gets it when he faces a quartet of Wing Chun masters, where he takes down the first three with relative ease, each dwarfed by his impressive stature. But he gets more than he bargained for when Ip man steps up to face him. Astonishingly, Ip is able to use Colin’s weight and force against him, sending him to the ground on multiple occasions and redirecting him in mid-air on another. It’s a decisive enough victory for Ip man and Kung-Fu to send the crowd into a frenzy.

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5. The Alleyway Fight

When it’s over the top villains and bold plot developments, Ip man 4 serves as a sort of ode to 70s martial arts cinema the likes of which Bruce Lee popularized. So, it came as a gleeful surprised to find actor Danny Chan as Lee participate in a bout that would fit right into one of the latter’s films. Following a tournament, Lee and his students are accosted by a gang of black belts. He’s quickly summoned to a nearby alleyway by their master where the two engage in a good old-fashioned face-off. It’s a well-choreographed fight, one that makes proper use of the environment and weaponry once nun chucks are introduced; still Lee’s greatest weapons are his feet and fists as he gleefully proclaims victory.

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4. Ip Man Tells his Son he has Cancer

The impetus for the entire plot being Ip men wanting to secure his son American schooling in light of his throat cancer diagnosis, this scene may have hit the hardest without throwing a single punch. Touched by the doting relationship between master Wan and his daughter Yonah, Ip dials Hong Kong for the umpteenth time in an effort to reconnect with Ip Jin. Since the beginning, Ip Jin has been irate with his father for his refusal to teach him Wing Chun, but news of the diagnosis is the thing able to make him come to the phone. Once there, Jin tearfully pleads Ip man to come home and it’s now that we feel the full force of love they have for each other.

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3. Ip Man vs. Master Wan

Don’t worry they wouldn’t just tease us with an awesome lazy Susan fight without delivering later on. Convinced Ip man only rescued his daughter Yonah to make himself look better, Master Wan challenges him to prove himself worthy of a recommendation letter by engaging in a sparring match. With Yonah looking on trepidatiously, the two are as level as one would hope, with one even going one handed to accommodate for Ip’s previous schoolyard injury. As if they’re contentiousness awakened something, an earthquake begins to rattle the house and lay waste to everything in it. While looks to postpone the match, Ip man dejectedly declines leaving us to wonder who would have come out on top.

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2. Ip man versus Sergeant Geddes

Looking to wrap up the franchise, Ip man for the finale really needed to come through with its finale. In proper Ip man fashion, Ip man arrives at the marine base aiming to teach the deplorable sergeant Geddes a lesson in humility and tolerance. With the marines in attendance, the two duke it out to the brutal end. Geddes once again relies on his powerful legs and heavy boots to deal serious damage, but Ip proves to swift and punishing to Geddes weak points, breaking his arm and crushing his windpipe to the point that he can’t continue. With Geddes being escorted to the sickbay, Ip has been given a round of applause by Hartman and the rest of the troops. Now that’s respect.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Honourable Mentions

– Ip Meets Billy
– Ip Meets with the Principle
– Sergeant Geddes Infiltrates the CBA
– Master Wan Gives Ip Man a Letter
– Ip Attends Bruce’s Match

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1. Training Dummy Footage

It’s no secret that the it man movies are largely sensationalized and fictitious accounts of the real Ip man’s life. The fourth film is no exception though it does end on a note that will have audiences feeling closer to the Grand Master. Upon returning to Hong Kong, Ip reunites with his son, who tells him he’d rather learn Kungfu than go to America. Ip demonstrates on a training dummy while Jin films, recreating one of the few footages of the actual Ip man. This leads into a montage of the series most memorable scenes- a tactic other franchises have employed but this one completely earns. From there, we see Bruce Lee attending Ip’s funeral giving him and us a chance to say goodbye.




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