These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Anticlimax Boss: General Miura from the first film. Despite being built as a powerful and dangerous antagonist, his final fight against Ip Man is just a glorified Curb-Stomp Battle for the Chinese. Miura does pose a bigger challenge than any of his underlings, but at the end, he only gets a couple of shots and throws before Ip Man completely wrecks him.
Anvilicious: Foreigners: Bad. Chinese Martial Arts: Good.
Harsher in Hindsight: Sammo Hung during the filming of the scene where Master Hung is killed by Twister was punched hard in the face to require stitches, among other injuries, which required for him to go to the hospital hours later after the scene was finished.
Inferred Holocaust: The first movie concludes the final fight with the spectators overpowering the Japanese guards to get to the wounded hero, then cuts to him being taken to safety and later to his real-life success. What happens to the Foshan townsfolk as a result of the most probable Japanese response is left unknown.
Memetic Mutation: Going up against the Iron Man movies at the box office has led to photoshop mashups of both movies' posters, dubbed with the convenient portmanteau name "Ipron Man".
Moral Event Horizon: Colonel Sato makes it clear very early in his appearance that he is a Smug Snake, but crosses the horizon after he coldly guns down Master Liu for losing an extra round he volunteered for. It is made especially stark because up to then the combat had all been hand-to-hand martial arts fare. Even the General Miura is disgusted by the action.
Twister beats Master Hung to death in what is meant to be a exhibition match. Bad as that is, it's not this trope. This trope comes into play in the press conference afterwards. Rather than showing ANY remorse at the press conference held for his innocence, he gleefully mouths off about how he is going to murder every Chinese Warrior in Hong Kong during the next match held to clear his name.
Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The second film is considered by many as a step forward from the first one, as it shows much more fleshed out antagonists and more credible challenges to Donnie Yen's character without losing the plot, and even its inevitable Chinese nationalism turns out more optimist and open than the Anvilicious first iteration. Nonetheless, the film averts hard the Sequelitis syndrome, as while it was not so economically succesful, the movie was as acclaimed as the first one and actually got a bigger opening gross.
Tear Jerker: Twister brutally beating Master Hung to death.