* AnticlimaxBoss: 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 CurbStompBattle 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.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Kenji Kawai is the composer of the scores to both films.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP9QVqkfyfg Ip Man (this is essentially Maestro)]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fa3meaEtH8 Concentric]]
* HarsherInHindsight: Sammo Hung during the filming of the scene where Master Hung [[spoiler: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.
* InferredHolocaust: The first movie concludes the final fight with [[spoiler: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.]]
* MemeticMutation: Going up against the IronMan movies at the box office has led to photoshop mashups of both movies' posters, dubbed with the convenient portmanteau name "Ipron Man".
* MoralEventHorizon: Colonel Sato makes it clear very early in his appearance that he is a SmugSnake, but crosses the horizon after he coldly guns down [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: 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.
* TearJerker: Twister brutally beating [[spoiler: Master Hung]] to death.
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