The final chapter to the Ip Man <葉問> film series, Ip Man 4: The Finale <葉問4：完結篇>, held a charity premiere showing on Sunday night. The event was attended by Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) family, including his son and daughter.
Donnie pointed out that his son, who turned 12 on December 15, is the same age as the film series. While his son did grow up watching the previous three films, he hasn’t been showing great interest in kung fu.
“I did have him take kung fu lessons when he was younger, and he knows mixed martial arts,” shared Donnie. “Children have many interests. I wouldn’t force him to learn it, but he does already carry a black belt in taekwondo. He’s getting a bit lazier now, telling me that he’s already losing interest in continuing.”
As for whether or not he would like for his son to follow his footsteps in being a stunt actor or martial arts star, Donnie said, “It appears glorious on the outside, but it’s not an easy job at all. You have to endure many injuries. I’ve injured myself in every single scene for this movie. Fortunately, nothing has been broken, but my ligaments and tendons are overused. Sometimes I’ll hurt when I throw punches. Sometimes I wouldn’t even be able to stand up straight. Old age is settling in, that’s why it’s important to maintain your physical therapy. This is the price you have to pay as an action star.”
Does that mean Donnie plans on retiring completely from doing action films? He laughed, “No! How would I pay my bills? I’m just saying goodbye to kung fu films!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.