Donnie Yen: “Ip Man 4 is My Last Kung Fu Movie”
Today, Donnie Yen (甄子丹), Wu Yue (吳樾), Chris Collins, and producer Raymond Wong (黃百鳴) attended the Beijing press conference for Ip Man 4: The Finale <葉問4：完結篇>. This fourth and final installment comes 10 years after the release of the first Ip Man <葉問> film and Donnie couldn’t be more proud. “A movie series typically don’t have more than two sequels because it tends to go downhill by the third film, but the first three Ip Man movies were loved by everyone. I believe people won’t be disappointed this time either,” he expressed.
His Last Kung Fu Movie
During the press conference, Donnie announced Ip Man 4: The Finale would be his last kung fu movie. He said, “As an actor and filmmaker, I have made so many movies, some that people love and some that people don’t love. On this challenging road, I filmed a number of kung fu films that are about the same.”
The actor explained that he hopes to film more movies with a fashion theme because he’s always enjoyed them. In fact, when he first found out he was going to make Ip Man, people wondered how he would be able to do it. However, the tide has turned. Nowadays, people ask him how he can star in other films after playing Ip Man.
“As an actor, you must keep going forward,” Donnie expressed. “This is something that I must do in life; I must keep exploring to grow. This is the meaning of life, so I am very grateful Ip Man 4: The Finale is my final kung fu movie. I hope it can be written on a valuable page in Chinese film history, and I will continue my journey as an actor.”
Wu Yue is Happy to Work with His Idol
Wu Yue, who plays a martial arts master in the film, said the Ip Man series is a timeless classic. He said, “For me, the most memorable quote in Ip Man is ‘I wish to fight 10 men.’ At the time, many people in the theater stood up and applauded, so I thought, ‘Is it really that good?’ So I went to watch Ip Man, and after watching it once, I went to watch it again twice.”
He continued, “Since then, I hoped to work with my childhood idol, Donnie. It was a great honor to work with him because he is very caring and considerate.”
Chris, who plays the karate coach of the US Marines in the movie, echoed similar sentiments. He expressed working with Donnie was exciting and unforgettable.
Danny Chan (陳國坤), who portrays Bruce Lee and the apprentice of Ip Man in this sequel, shared, “As soon as Donnie arrives on set, everyone will quiet down to show their respect as an apprentice would.”
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.