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Donnie Yen’s vow to Bruce Lee over 25 years ago: ‘I won’t let him down’

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  • Hong Kong martial artist Donnie Yen Ji-dan, 58, said in a 1995 interview that he “will not let Bruce Lee down.”
  • “I think he was a great kung fu fighter with unsurpassed skills,” Yen said. “I also respect his wisdom and foresight. If his spirit is watching now, I won’t let him down.”
  • Yen’s acting career started after he was cast in the 1984 film “Drunken Tai Chi.” He was later cast in the 1985 romantic comedy “Mismatched Couples,” which almost jeopardized his future in the film industry.
  • The film “Legend of the Wolf” marked his directorial debut in 1997. He admitted in an interview that he was struggling at the time and only had 100 Hong Kong dollars (approximately $12.80) to his name.
  • Yen achieved international fame after being cast in the starring role of “Ip Man,” the 2008 biographical martial arts film based on the life of Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun teacher.

Before becoming a well-known actor, Donnie Yen faced several ups and downs while working in the film industry throughout the decades, including taking on a romantic comedy role that almost jeopardized his career.

Yen, whose full name is Donnie Yen Ji-dan, landed his first acting role in the 1984 movie “Drunken Tai Chi” after the brother of one of his mother’s students asked him to go to a casting call, according to South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Shannon Lee, Simu Liu, JLin and Bao Nguyen share how Bruce Lee transcended cinema to become a global cultural icon

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There may never be a day where Bruce Lee is forgotten for his major contributions to martial arts and film, which have solidified his status not just as a martial artist, but also as a cultural icon.

Lee had an unyielding drive that propelled him to pursue American stardom in the ‘60s and ‘70s — a time when it was nearly impossible for any Asian actor to break into Hollywood. During that period, Hollywood cinema was full of racism and caricatured Asian Americans as subservient jokes or scheming villains. The men were commonly portrayed as emasculated and weak while the women were exoticized and fetishized.

‘Ip Man’ star vs Ip Man student: Donnie Yen faces off against Bruce Lee in resurfaced animated short

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Action movie star Donnie Yen battles against iconic martial artist and actor Bruce Lee in a three-minute animated video going viral over eight years after its original debut.

Donnie Yen vs. Bruce Lee: The 2013 3D animated short film “A Warrior’s Dream” recently went viral when Yen shared it on his official Instagram account on Nov. 19.

Jackie Chan says Bruce Lee once helped him get paid more on set in unearthed 1997 interview

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A previously unpublished interview with action star Jackie Chan from 1997 revealed just how much he looked up to martial arts icon Bruce Lee.

The king of martial arts: The interview, conducted by journalist Richard James Havis, shed light on the actor’s early days as a stunt choreographer when he witnessed Lee’s rise to global fame, reported South China Morning Post.

Steph Curry Wears Shoes Made With Bruce Lee Foundation in Solidarity with Asian Community

Steph Curry recently wore shoes created with the Bruce Lee Foundation to stand in solidarity with the Asian community in Atlanta. 

On Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Curry wore a special set of Curry 8s that were hand-painted yellow and black. These shoes featured an image of Bruce Lee as well as one of his famous quotes: “Under the heavens, there is but one family.”

Bruce Lee’s Close Friend and Top Student Taky Kimura Passes Away at 96

Takauki Kimura, one of Bruce Lee’s top students and closest friends, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday at the age of 96. 

Known to his friends and supporters as “Taky,” the Japanese American martial artist devoted decades of his life to honoring Lee. As an important part of Lee’s life, Kimura appeared in several documentaries focusing on the martial arts icon’s legacy. 

She Played Bruce Lee’s Sister in ‘Enter the Dragon’, Then Beat Him at the Box Office

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In the 1970s, a Taiwanese martial artist made waves in the U.S. to become known as the “female Bruce Lee.”

Angela Mao, who now runs restaurants in New York, did so well that one of her films even knocked Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” off the top of the box office for a week — while also starring as the sister of Lee’s character in the latter.

Bruce Lee’s Daughter Sues Famous Chinese Food Chain for $30 Million After Using Her Dad in Logo

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Shannon Lee, CEO of the Bruce Lee Foundation, has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese fast-food chain for allegedly using an image of her father without permission.

Lee, 50, has reportedly asked the restaurant chain to cease using Bruce Lee’s image, clarify to media outlets that it has no connection to her father for 90 days, and fork over 210 million yuan ($30 million) in damages, according to Sixth Tone.