* 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.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Despite what the film implies, karate was not as patriotic or culturally representative to Japanese as wing chun was to Chinese at the time of the setting, and in fact was considered somewhat of a foreign influence due to his Okinawan origin. Instead, it would have been more accurate to portray the Japanese soldiers as practitioners of judo or jujutsu, which were the "official" martial arts of the Japanese imperial military. However, as fans of UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts will know, the resultant fighting scenes would have been vastly different from the final product and would have not resembled your classy martial arts flick, so it can be taken as AcceptableBreaksFromReality in order to allow for more conventional, kick-to-kick fighting scenes.
* 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]]
* EvenBetterSequel[=/=]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 slighty less economically succesful, the movie was as acclaimed as the first one and actually got a bigger opening gross.
* 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.
** The idea of a imperial general forcing Chinese prisoners to fight him to prove the superiority of his martial arts could sound like the stereotypical Japanese ArrogantKungFuGuy mentality, but that's exactly what Chinese military did with Japanese prisoners during the Sino-Japanese Wars. One of the greatest martial artists in China, Chang Tung Sheng, gained fame by beating prisoners in POW camps.
* 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.
* SpiritualLicensee: ''Ip Man 2'' is more or less like a ForeignRemake of ''[[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Rocky IV]]''.
* TearJerker: Twister brutally beating [[spoiler: Master Hung]] to death.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Master Hung. He's introduced as being a jerkass to Ip Man, and which he TakesALevelInKindness, his [[spoiler: fight to the death leads many viewers losing sympathy for him, as he's knowingly allowing himself to be killed just to make a statement, leaving his children fatherless]].
* WTHCastingAgency: Barely averted because Hiroyuki Ikeichi does a convincing performance as Miura, but the odd thing remains in that, if you are a casting director looking for a guy to play a karate master, you are not supposed to choose a judo expert.
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