On October 25, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) suffered a painful blow to his right eye on the set of mainland Chinese TV drama, Ip Man <葉問>. The injury made his eye bleed and left him writhing in pain on the floor.
Rushing back to Hong Kong for surgical treatment, Kevin arrived at 11 PM at the airport last night, with his right eye covered by a gauze pad.
Kevin to Be Hospitalized
“Thank you for everyone’s concern. I hope to see a doctor quickly. I’ll be okay after getting several stitches! The lower right corner of my eye was injured. I had a fight scene with a martial artist. After he hit my eye, it started bleeding. It was an accident. The martial artist is a young man and he was more afraid than me.”
Kevin was not afraid that his eye injury will leave an unsightly scar on his face.
TVB manager, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), was spotted at a Hong Kong hospital, making arrangements for Kevin’s surgical eye treatment. Ms. Lok said, “He is slightly unhappy. I am helping him with the hospital admission process. He will likely need to be hospitalized and get stitches. I am not sure how long he has to stay at the hospital.”
Since Kevin is due to appear at a vendor promotional event, Ms. Lok indicated her stress in not knowing whether he will be able to appear given his injured state.
Kevin Injured 10 Times on Set
Kevin Cheng received an astronomical price of $10 million RMB to film Ip Man. Without any previous martial arts training, Kevin ended up paying for the role dearly with his own blood and sweat.
Since filming commenced in August, in which he had 200 martial arts scenes to film, Kevin’s body was full of bruises. He has been injured 10 times on set.
Earlier reports stated that Kevin frequently appeared tired on set. He utilized his time off to practice Wing Chun, hoping to do justice to his role as Ip Man.
Lack of Rest Led to Kevin’s Injury
Producer Zhang Tan (張炭) attributed Kevin’s eye injury to his lack of rest. “Although Kevin loved the script of Ip Man, he was hesitant in accepting the role. He has been working non-stop for 20 months and was concerned about his own physical stamina. The filming for Ip Man is wrapping up, with only a dozen days left in filming. Over the last few days, we have been focusing on Kevin’s martial arts scenes. I believe that he was truly too tired, which resulted in the eye injury accident.
The filming for Ip Man is currently halted due to Kevin’s eye injury.
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