Donnie Yen Confident in “Ip Man 4”
The principal photography for Ip Man 4 <葉問4> concluded earlier, after four months of filming in China and the United States. Returning for the iconic Wing Chun master role, Donnie Yen (甄子丹) is confident in the new movie.
Pegasus Motion Pictures held a celebratory banquet to acknowledge the hard efforts of its cast and crew, and producer Raymond Wong (黃百鳴), director Wilson Yip (葉偉信), Donnie Yen, and Ngo Ka Nin (敖嘉年) were present at the dinner.
Donnie said, “It’s rare for a movie franchise to release a fourth installment. Reflecting back, some people asked me why I filmed the first Ip Man and complained that it wasn’t a good movie. But seeing the franchise’s success today and fans’ acceptance, I’m very happy.”
However, Ip Man 3 was released three years ago, so it took Donnie awhile to get back into character during filming. Donnie said, “I’m used to playing Ip Man, and many people see me as Ip Man. But on the first day of filming Ip Man 4, I had to slowly get used to playing the role again. Since he and Donnie Yen are not the same!”
But Donnie immediately felt at ease working with director Wilson Yip again, since the duo has a long history of collaborating together on films such as SPL <殺破狼>, Flash Point <導火線> and the Ip Man films. Action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (袁和平) also returns to anchor the stunts in the film. Donnie said, “This time, I just showed up on the set and didn’t have to think too much. I believe the fourth installment will be better because our of our bosses, Raymond Wong and Yu Dong (于冬), who continues to support Hong Kong films.”
Currently in its post-production stage, Ip Man 4 will arrive in theaters in 2019. The film also stars Scott Akins, Taiwanese actor Vanness Wu (吳建豪), and a special appearance featuring Jackie Chan (成龍).
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.