At the Shanghai press conference for Ip Man 4: The Finale <葉問4：完結篇>, actor Donnie Yen (甄子丹), choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (袁和平), and director Wilson Yip (葉偉信) answered some burning questions. Since this movie is the last installment of the Ip Man <葉問> film series, Donnie recently announced he is moving on from kung fu films.
Donnie elaborated at the event, “It doesn’t mean I’m not making any more action movies. Martial art films might require me to hang on a wire, but action movies can include sci-fi elements.”
He continued, “Kung fu movie actors must have a kung fu background, a certain standard of performance, and perform the rhythm that’s unique to kung fu movies. I feel tired when it comes to this kind of movie, but I still have some ideas for other types of action movies. Hopefully, the audience can see them come to life.”
His Legacy Lives On
Woo-ping, who directed Donnie’s first kung fu film Drunken Tai Chi <笑太極> feels Donnie’s retirement from the kung fu world is a pity. The Ip Man 4: The Finale choreographer expressed, “ When Donnie first entered the industry, he was a bit clueless, but he kept learning, and he eventually achieved a high level of standard. Some actions were designed for him, but no one can succeed him.”
Woo-ping hopes Donnie can find a promising successor for the sake of the film industry. Donnie smiled and assured he’d participate behind the scenes of kung fu movies in the future.
Donnie is a Boxing Fan
During his kung fu film career, Donnie had some memorable opponents, including Mike Tyson. He explained, “He is a legend in the boxing world and I’m a boxing fan. When I knew I was going to fight him, I was fighting him with the mindset of an actor and a fan.”
Donnie added that his confrontations with Sammo Hung (洪金寶) and Max Zhang (張晉) in his previous works were also memorable. “I believe they all left deep impressions on the viewers,” the actor said.
Chinese Kung Fu
This time, Bruce Lee plays a prominent role in the movie to highlight how he introduced kung fu to the rest of the world along with Ip Man. Wilson said, “Ip Man is Bruce Lee’s master. Bruce’s kung fu indeed affected the whole world during that period, but his master Ip Man was also very influential.”
Hence, after Wilson helmed the third movie, he knew the final one should tell the story of China’s efforts to influence the world bit by bit.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.