Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson Duke It Out in “Ip Man 3”

After intentions to film Ip Man 3 <葉問3> were announced three years ago, the martial arts blockbuster is finally ready to start principal photography. Highlights of the new movie will feature a big fight between Donnie Yen (甄子丹) and boxing champion Mike Tyson, as well as Ip Man’s relationship with disciple, Bruce Lee (李小龍).

Bruce’s younger brother Robert Lee (李振輝) is a consultant for the film, which will hopefully reveal some insight on the early life of the young martial artist. Rather than casting a young actor to play the icon, a computer-generated Bruce Lee will reportedly appear in the movie.

Mike Tyson vs. Donnie Yen 

Since its release, the Ip Man franchise has attained international popularity, even winning over Mike Tyson as a fan.  After creating a Weibo account in 2013, Mike asked fans who is the best fighter in all of China. When fans pointed to Donnie Yen, Mike replied, “Donnie Yen? I’ve heard of him – Ip Man. I’ve always wanted to put our fighting skills to the test!”

Honored to be mentioned by Mike, Donnie had responded, “I’m in the same boat as Mike. I hope to work with him in a movie in the near future and challenge each other.” Donnie spent the last two years planning out the details for Mike’s appearance in Ip Man 3. Ultimately putting their skills to the test, Donnie and Mike will duke it out in one of the biggest fights scenes in movie history.

Famed action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (袁和平), who just worked with Donnie in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Legend <臥虎藏龍Ⅱ:青冥寶劍>, has also signed on to Ip Man 3.

Lynn Hung (熊黛林) will reprise her role as Ip Man’s wife. Hong Kong artistes Karena Ng (吳千語) and Louis Cheung (張繼聰) are new additions to the cast.


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  1. I’m putting my money on that there is going to be a scene where Mike takes a bite at Ip Man’s ear!

    1. I’d rather fight Ip Man than Mike Tyson… Besides Karena is in the movie, how much worse could Mike make the movie?

  2. Don’t like the idea of a CGI Bruce Lee…might as well turn the film into an animation.

    I prefer Pegasus to conduct open auditions for a talented young martial artist in China to play Bruce Lee, and groom a future star.

  3. This would be a very tacky marketing tool and useless gimmick if they got Tyson as a part of the film. Putting aside the fact that Donnie already had a fight with a western boxer in Ip Man 2 (Darren Shahlavi did a credible job in my opinion), Tyson is an over the hill has been

    1. Competition fighting and onscreen fighting aren’t the same thing. Just because Tyson no longer boxes doesn’t take away his overall physical condition. The guy still undergoes physical training to keep him in good shape, which is a huge advantage in onscreen fighting.

      1. Valid points, but none of this can help him recover his prime physical conditioning after years of drug abuse, which would have a permanent affect on his physique and reflexes. Unless his body and the fights are all CGI, I can’t see how Tyson would be able to get back to resembling anything like an elite boxer, even if it is just for a choreographed fight in a movie

      2. Tyson’s drug abuse is decreasing though and is now trying his best to stay away from them through treatment and doing good (family, contributing to society etc) in life. Who said you can’t pick yourself up from things that brought you down in the first place?

        Besides, I don’t expect him to reach BACK to his prime physical state since his peak was past a decade ago. But like I said, competition and onscreen ain’t the same thing so he has the stamina to go through fight scenes, where physical demands put on action performers ain’t nearly as high as for fighters in the ring.

  4. Will pay to see Donnie beat up Mike Tyson! Never liked his attitude. Looking forward to it. But if only it was Tong Jaa who was fighting Donnie. We already saw Ip Man fight a boxer in Part 2.

    1. Will love more to see Donnie get crushed. Hate to see his cocky mouth.

      1. Hey JJ, we already saw Donnie be bashed up by Bao Bao in Kungfu Jungle. Besides, Ip Man can’t lose ! 🙂

    2. Poor Donnie, he’s going to get his ear chew off and his a@#$ss kick by the gorilla. LOL! 😀

  5. they can have aarif rahman lee to play bruce lee since he already did that in ”bruce lee my brother”

    1. Agree…..Aarif Lee is much more suitable to reprise the role of a young Bruce Lee.

      I am truly amazed by Aarif’s uncanny resemblance to Bruce. Who knows….the producers might not use CGI effects (creating Bruce) after all. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.


    1. Because nobody want you to be in charge with casting?

  7. CGI Bruce Lee and Mike Tyson added to the film? Man… that doesn’t give me much confidence…

    I’d rather watch “Mike Tyson Mysteries” on Netflix.

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