The cast of "Ip Man 2" donated 500,000 yuan (US$73,200) to relief efforts for the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in Qinghai Province. The film had a private showing in Chengdu on April 21 and will open in China at 7 p.m. on April 27, Chinafilm.com reports.
"The fighting scenes were mad; it's so much more than my expectations," said an audience member after the viewing. One fight scene between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung was especially amazing.
The story of "Ip Man 2" picks up where the original left off, with Ip Man going to open a martial arts school in Hong Kong, where he meets his great rival, Hung. Later they become allies in defending the British colonists.
At the end of the movie, a juvenile Bruce Lee appears, hinting that Bruce Lee will be the leading role in "Ip Man 3."
After the private showing, audience members said "Ip Man 2" continues in Ip Man's spirit of being a modest kungfu master who loves his country and family. Many believe the film will help moviegoers understand the soul of Chinese martial arts.
In addition, the production company "East Wind, Rain" announced that as the film's premiere date of April 21 coincided with the National Mourning Day for victims of the Yushu earthquake, it was rescheduled to open on April 22.