Filming mainland TV drama, Ip Man <葉問>, since August, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) has been vigorously training in Wing Chun. With 25 percent of the scenes requiring martial arts, Kevin needed to continue practicing Wing Chun and study his script during filming breaks. “Out of the 800 scenes, there are 200 fighting scenes,” Kevin revealed.
Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) performance in the Ip Man film franchise have left a deep impression with viewers. Asked if he was afraid of comparison to Donnie, Kevin said, “There is no comparison. He always knew how to fight; I’m starting from level zero!”
Kevin also pointed out that the audience was smart and realized that there will be differences between a film and TV production. However, the TV drama format allowed the Ip Man story to be told in greater detail. “Audiences can follow Ip Man from a young boy to his middle age, growing with his character,” Kevin said.
With the action choreography standards of the Ip Man TV drama set exceedingly high, Kevin revealed that one action sequence may film for one entire week. Although he claimed that this was the most strenuous role he has taken on, Kevin reportedly pocketed $7 million RMB to play Ip Man.
Approximately one-fourth of the drama has already been filmed, with a scheduled December broadcast date.
Kevin Shares Kiss With Chrissie Chau
Attending a promotional event for the Ip Man TV drama with Chrissie Chau (周秀娜) and Yuen Wah (元華) on September 17 in Suzhou, Kevin revealed he will have a passionate kissing scene with Chrissie. “It was added last minute; I do not know why we have to film it!”
Kevin’s main romantic arc with be with mainland actress, Cecilia Han (韩雪), who portrays his wife, Cheung Wing Sing. Their characters were married as children, in which they met each other once again in adulthood. Appearing before Cheung Wing Sing as a simple country boy, Ip Man left a lasting impression with her. The pair’s love relationship was met by obstacles, but they will see it to fruition.
Cecilia even put aside her introverted personality and treated the cast and crew to snacks. Kevin said, “It’s normal to have good communications during filming. I often buy treats for the crew too!” Cecilia and Kevin got along well on the set of Ip Man.
Would Like to Partner With Andy Lau
Kevin has also been busy making arrangements for his first drama to be released under his own production studio next year. Kevin already has scriptwriters drafting the script, which will feature several short stories in the drama. He revealed that he will invite some of his good friends to star in the drama.
With Andy Lau (劉德華) agreeing to film for TVB once again, Kevin also expressed his excitement and interest in working with the superstar. “It has been twenty years since Andy had filmed a TV drama. Who would not be eager to partner with him? If there is an opportunity, they can ask me!”
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