The good stuff
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 think you can handle an update of A Chinese Ghost Story bathing in CG visuals, this one is definitely recommended, otherwise you best stay clear.
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.
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.
Kill Zone is a modern martial arts classic.
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.
A cool, fun and action-packed manhua adaptation. Hong Kong doesn't have a strong comic book culture and it's clear Yip struggled a little, but he makes up for it with superb action choreography and amusing over the top styling. If you can get past the cheesy dramatics propelling the story, there's a lot of fun to be had here.
Visually a little better than the first film, awesome fight sequences where Yen is allowed to shine and a fully satisfying finale where the final blow caused a big fat inner "Yeah!".
A fine ending to the series, though not quite as good as the earlier entries. The move to America isn't doing the film any favors and the bad guy lacks charisma. Luckily Yen is impressive and Yip's direction is solid as ever. But this fourth part isn't really pushing the boundaries anymore, which is why it felt just a little lazy at times.
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.