Martial arts television drama, Ip Man <葉問>, is currently airing worldwide through TVB’s overseas affiliates and cable broadcasters. It is the first mainland Chinese drama to get an overseas release prior to a wide domestic broadcast.
Ip Man stars Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) as the titular Wing Chun master, best known for being the teacher of Bruce Lee (李小龍). After Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) successful portrayal of the martial arts legend in the 2008 film, also titled Ip Man, the grandmaster became a popular subject for many commercially successful films, bringing Ip Man into popular culture. Kevin Cheng’s Ip Man is the first television adaptation on Ip Man’s life struggles during the early 1900s in southern China.
Produced by Suzhou Funa Films and Television, Ip Man also stars Liu Xiaofeng (刘小锋), Cecilia Han (韩雪), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Yuen Wah (元华), Leung Siu Lung (梁小龙), and Ringo Yu (于荣光).
The drama first premiered through mainland China’s Qilu TV, a local channel in Shandong, and was a ratings success. For eight days in a row, the drama was the number one most-watched program in Shandong.
Hong Kong’s TVB, also Kevin Cheng’s management agency, secured the overseas broadcast rights in early 2012. The show’s first episode was aired on Monday, March 11, 2013 through a variety of TVB International’s overseas cable affiliates, including Singapore’s Starhub VV Drama channel, Malaysia’s Astro Wah Lai Toi, Europe’s The Chinese Channel, United States’ TVB USA, Canada’s Fairchild TV and Talent Vision TV, Australia’s TVBJ, and New Zealand’s WTV.
Mainland China’s satellite channels from Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, and five other provinces have secured the broadcast rights for Ip Man. However, a premiere date on these channels has not been set yet.
Nonetheless, Suzhou Funa Films and Television are confident that Ip Man will be successful. It was earlier reported that the studio is currently preparing for an Ip Man sequel.
“Ip Man” Trailer
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