Ip Man 4: The Finale is a 2019 Chinese martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth and final film in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen reprising the role. The film began production in April 2018 and ended in July of the same year. It was released on 20 December 2019.
On 30 September 2016, Donnie Yen (who portrayed the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in three films) announced that he and series director Wilson Yip would return for the fourth film in the series. Writer Edmond Wong also returned Producer Raymond Wong said he paid Yen “a hefty amount of money” to return for the fourth film. Principal photography began in April 2018,and ended that July. Filming locations included China, and Preston, Lancashire. In September 2019, Donnie Yen said Ip Man 4 would be the last film in the series.
Ip Man 4: The Finale was released on December 20, 2019.The film had a limited release on December 25, 2019, in the United States distributed by Well Go USA.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 89% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site’s critics consensus reads, “Packed with action and featuring some of Donnie Yen’s finest fighting, Ip Man 4: The Finale serves as a satisfying rebound – and fitting finale – for the franchise.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.
According to the Malaysian newspaper The Star, the movie was the highest grossing Chinese film of all time in the country while according to a Mainland Chinese state run movie review site Shine.cn, the movie was the third highest grossing Chinese film in North America in five years.
As of February 2020, the film has grossed over $193 million worldwide, making over $172 million in Mainland China.
During the 2019 Hong Kong protests, protesters urged a boycott of the film, citing the pro-Beijing stances of Yen, Chan, and Wong. Protesters actively spoiled the film on social media in both English and Chinese.