In recent years, legendary martial artist, Ip Man, has become a popular film subject. Following Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) famous portrayal in the successful Ip Man <葉問> films,Dennis To’s (杜宇航) younger portrayal in The Legend is Born – Ip Man <葉問前傳>, and Tony Leung’s (梁朝偉) version in the upcoming The Grandmasters <一代宗師>, yet another Ip Man film will be produced. This time, Anthony Wong (黃秋生) will portray the iconic hero!
In March 2012, it was announced that Ip Man: Final Fight <葉問－終極一戰>, was in production. Responsible for The Legend is Born – Ip Man, Director Herman Yau (邱禮濤) and producer Checkley Sin (冼國林) will return to helm Ip Man: Final Fight. Different from previous Ip Man films, Ip Man: Final Fight will focus extensively on Ip Man’s “final battle” in his life, following the period from his forties to his death.
In May 2012, it was revealed that veteran actor, Anthony Wong, will portray the titular character. The casting of Anthony Wong, who is of mixed Caucasian and Chinese descent, was an unexpected choice for many fans. However, the two-time Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor may be able to deliver something new to the character. To prepare for the role, Anthony reportedly studied Wing Chun for approximately one year.
Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress, Anita Yuen (袁詠儀), will star as Ip Man’s wife “Cheung Wing Sing.” Ip Man’s five martial arts pupils will be portrayed by Gillian Chung (鍾欣桐), Jordan Chan (陳小春), Timmy Hung (洪天明), mainland Chinese actress Jiang Luxia (蔣璐霞), and newcomer Chow Ting Yu (周定宇), who will also be the film’s Wing Chun consultant.
Famous martial artist and action director,Hung Yan Yan (熊欣欣), will portray Ip Man’s main antagonist and Eric Tsang (曾志偉) will portray Ip Man’s best friend, “Ng Chung.”
On August 5th, the cast of Ip Man: Final Fight arrived in Mount Xiqiao, Foshan, for the film’s blessing ceremony. Principal photography will begin this week in Xiqiao DreamWorks, the second largest film studio in China after Hengdian World Studios. Best known for its studio sets that imitate colonial Hong Kong of the early 1900s, the cast of Ip Man: Final Fight praised the studio for its realistic portrayal of the city. Anthony Wong exclaimed that Xiqiao DreamWorks had better filming facilities than Hengdian. Anita Yuen was most excited to see the old-fashioned train station, expressing that she felt as if she traveled back in time.
Anthony Wong Accepts Role in a Drunken Stupor
Anthony Wong revealed that he initially rejected the role of Ip Man due to its physical demands. Reportedly touched by Checkley Sin’s “sincerity,” Anthony finally accepted the role. Anthony joked, “He asked me to film this movie when I was drunk, so I said yes. When I woke up the next morning, I regretted my acceptance. I have no martial arts backgrounds. Filming this movie will be very difficult because it will have many fight scenes. I really didn’t want to film this! This movie shouldn’t be called Ip Man: Final Fight, it should be called Anthony Wong: Final Fight!”
“Ip Man: Final Fight” Will Be the Most Star-Studded “Ip Man” Film
Ip Man: Final Fight will take approximately two months to film. Produced at nearly $260 million RMB budget, this will be the most expensive Ip Man film to-date.
The film is backed by a strong cast, with Rose Chan (陳嘉桓), Liu Kai Chi (廖啟智), Jonathan Wong(王梓軒), Kenneth Lo (盧惠光), Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), and Zhu Chouchou (周楚楚) filling in supporting roles. Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), who will star as Ip Man in mainland China’s upcoming television drama adaptation, will also make a guest appearance in the film. Ip Man’s eldest son, 90-year-old Ip Chun (葉準), has signed on to make a brief cameo appearance as well.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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