Donnie Yen Celebrates “Rogue One” Success with Joe Ma

Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One, prequel to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, smashed the opening day box office with $71 million USD last Friday, becoming the 12th highest-grossing opening day of all time. It is the third highest-grossing opening of the year, after the $81 million USD gross from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and $75 million USD from Captain America: Civil War.

The space opera, however, did not surpass the grosses of its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released last December. The Force Awakens grossed $119 million USD on opening day, the highest opening day in history.

Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as Jyn, a rogue maverick who, along with a team of rebels, try to steal the plans of the Death Star. The events in the film take place shortly before the opening sequences of A New Hope.

Hong Kong martial arts actor Donnie Yen (甄子丹) stars in Rogue One as Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior who believes in the Force. Chinese veteran actor Jiang Wen (姜文) stars as his partner Baze Malbus, a mercenary.

A few days ago, Donnie and his family were spotted at a Japanese restaurant owned by former TVB actor Joe Ma (買的中). Joe and his family were also present, and the two ate together. Joe’s wife Karen Cheung (張筱蘭) shared her encounter on social media, adding that her son was very happy to be able to meet his idol.

Rogue One is Donnie’s highest-grossing film. With XXX: Return of Xander Cage coming in January, the Ip Man <葉問> actor is on his way to take down Hollywood.

XXX: Return of Xander Cage is the third part of the XXX series starring Vin Diesel. Donnie, playing the villain Xiang, costars in the film alongside Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. Thai martial arts actor Tony Jaa and Journey to the West 2 <西遊伏妖篇> actor Kris Wu (吳亦凡) play supporting roles in the film.

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Source: Oriental Daily

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  1. Funny how Joe Ma’s chinese name has been put as “買的中” which kind of translates as “buying the winning” instead of “馬德鐘” : )

  2. ” a blind warrior”

    He was a jedi who was in charge of the holy temple. Not some warrior. Enjoyed the movie very much and was shocked to learn the brother next to him was Jiang Wen! However cgi tarkin was a better actor than Donnie Yen who sometimes Chinese accent, sometimes american accent. But kung fu is genuine.

    1. @funnlim

      Correction: He wasn’t a Jedi nor was he in charge of the holy temple. So yes the article is mostly correct.

      Someone that is force sensitive, doesn’t make them a Jedi.

      He was one of the Guardian of the Whills, their job was to ensure sure the Kyber crystals weren’t misused.

  3. Donnie looks so short compared with other. Joe wife looked a bit mix. I also a fan of Donnie I like watching his old martial arts movie I missed those old movie.

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