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'Ip Man: The Final Flight' to open Hong Kong fest

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February 21, 2013 10:23 PM EST | 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. The most recent was by Tony Leung in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster."

The new film's leading man, Anthony Wong, says comparing the roles is 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 and had some photos and video to watch. Wong says, "However, how he talked, how he behaved, no one really knows. That left a lot for the imagination."

The lineup was announced Thursday for the festival that starts March 17.