Despite his lack of martial arts background and painful eye injury on the set of Ip Man <葉問>, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) has signed on to film a sequel to the mainland TV drama.
Earning $500,000 RMB per episode, Kevin will be filming Ip Man 2 for three months in mainland China. The 30-episode drama will put $15 million RMB in Kevin’s pocket. Although Ip Man has just completed filming and has not been aired yet, investors wanted Kevin to film the sequel, even increasing his previous fee of $350,000 RMB per episode. “Compared to TVB’s fee of $10,000 HKD, there is no comparison,” an inside source revealed.
Since shooting Ip Man in August, Kevin’s painful and strenuous filming process was well chronicled. Yet, Kevin will not turn the opportunity to film the sequel away, risking possible injuries once again. “Kevin understands that he cannot be an actor for the rest of his life, so he will take advantage of the financial opportunities in the next few years to earn more money and plan for his future,” an insider revealed.
Kevin’s commercial value in mainland China continues to soar. He reportedly filmed a mainland commercial for $12 million RMB. He also agreed to appear in 9 promotional events in mainland. Factoring in his filming income from mainland and TVB dramas, his endorsement deals, promotional appearances, and stage performances, Kevin earned $72.86 million HKD this year.
With his new found wealth, Kevin realized his long-time dream of opening his own production studio and becoming a property owner. In August, Kevin purchased two condo apartments for $10.8 million HKD at the Park Ave residential buildings in Tai Kok Tsui. One apartment is for his mother and one for his sister, showing Kevin’s generosity towards his family.
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