The good stuff
Kill Zone is a modern martial arts classic.
Ip Man turned out to be an extremely solid entry in the ever growing list of Yip and Yen collaborations. If you liked Fearless, you will probably like this one too.
I'm a big fan of the first SPL, the second one was a tiny letdown. Luckily Yip returned to elevate the series back to its original level.
Wilson Yip did well to wait a couple of years before making this third instalment. Yip Man 3 is a worthy successor, in every way possible.
If you take away the layer of CG, the film underneath is as close to the original as you can get nowadays.
Ip Man 2 is pretty much what I expected from it, and I just couldn't have asked for more.
Wonderful cinematography, lush sets and two strong actors make this film. You have to wade through a few mushy parts, mostly in the beginning, after that it's all good.
Early Wilson Yip, in which he is clearly learning the tricks of the trade. Not as great as his later films, but the potential is already there. Lai and Chan are a fun central duo, the heists are inventive (though often a little silly) and the pacing is perfect. Pretty good filler this one.
Worthy but flawed
Early Wilson Yip film that fails in the same way most Hong Kong horror/comedies do. The comedy is simplistic and dull, while the horror is cheap and unconvincing. For some reason these films did well enough on the local market, but it's not much of an export product. At least Yip improved tremendously over time.