Donnie Yen once again will portray Ip Man, the wing chun kung fu icon who lived from 1893 to 1972 and the martial arts master who trained a young Bruce Lee when he lived in Hong Kong (and, obviously, before he founded jeet kune do), in the feature film Ip Man 3.
The new movie is scheduled to hit theaters in Hong Kong on December 24, 2015, and in the United States on January 22, 2016.
Danny Chan as young Bruce Lee
Yen, 52, is a veteran of numerous films, including Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010), both of which were well-received by the martial arts community. He also has parts in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Sword of Destiny (The Green Legend). He’s the son of Bow Sim Mark, who was named Black Belt’s 1995 Kung Fu Artist of the Year because of her involvement in tai chi and other Chinese martial arts. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Yen became Black Belt’s 2009 Kung Fu Artist of the Year.
Ip Man 3 is the third installment of Donnie Yen’s popular martial arts film series. In it, gangsters under the command of a dishonest property developer vie for control of Hong Kong. The film is directed by Wilson Yip, who also directed the first two movies, and written by Lai-yin Leung, Chan Tai-Li and Edmond Wong. Yuen Woo-Ping (Man of Tai Chi, Kill Bill, The Matrix, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master) is the action director.
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson plays Frank, the property developer. Tyson — and the movie — inadvertently garnered media attention in May 2015 when, during the filming of one of his scenes with Yen, Tyson’s punch brought his fist into contact with Yen’s elbow and resulted in a finger fracture.
The publicity campaign for Ip Man 3 included the release of six posters, shown here.
(Artwork courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment)
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Source: Black Belt Magazine