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'Ip Man: The Final Fight' To Open Hong Kong Festival

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IP MAN THE FINAL FLIGHT HONG KONG FILM FEST
From right to left: director of opening film "Ip Man: The Final Fight" Herman Yau Lai-To, producer Xian Guo-lin, actor Anthony Wong attend a press conference. | AP

HONG KONG — "Ip Man: The Final Fight," about the latter years of the Wing Chun master Ip Man, will open the Hong Kong International Film Festival next month.

The martial arts master has been portrayed many times on the big screen, most recently by Tony Leung in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster."

Anthony Wong, the new film's leading man, said comparing the roles was hard because he plays a different time in Ip Man's life. He plays Ip Man from his arrival in Hong Kong in 1949 until his death.

"There are photos of Ip during this time of his life, there is a video of him practicing with wooden sticks for me to portray," Wong said at a news conference Thursday to announce the festival's lineup. "However, how he talked, how he behaved, no one really knows. That left a lot for the imagination, but in comparison, there are references for the Ip Man that I portray."

The festival starts March 17.

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