As the powerful and lightning-quick Wing Chun saga of the “Ip Man” tetralogy starring Donnie Yen reached its conclusion, the location featured in the fourth film was none other than San Francisco in the ’60s.
While the “Ip Man” films dramatized incidents that end up in confrontations, the racism depicted in “Ip Man 4” drew some influence from real-life instances where anti-Chinese sentiment ran rampant and added to the Chinese diaspora and struggle.
Donnie Yen, the 56-year-old star of the hit “Ip Man” franchise, made a donation of 1 million Hong Kong dollars (around $128,600) to medical workers fighting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan.
The announcement was made in a 28-second Weibo video where he thanked those who are fighting on the front lines against the COVID-19 outbreak, which is believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei province of China, according to South China Morning Post.
Ip Ching, the second son of the great kung fu master Ip Man, passed away on Jan. 25, the first day of Lunar New Year, at the age of 83.
Ip Ching was also a practitioner of Wing Chun, a martial arts style that was popularized by his father which uses strong legs and quick arm movements, according to AsiaOne. Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee was once a student of Ip Man.
Master Ip arrives in 1964 San Francisco in the latest trailer for the final film “Ip Man 4: The Finale.”
The film will be the last installment in the “Ip Man” saga in which 56-year-old actor Donnie Yen played the role of Master Ip, a teacher and practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu and the master of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.
Hong Kong film star Donnie Yen was one of the latest to join the extensive list of celebrities taking part in the viral ‘10 Year Challenge’ trend this Wednesday.
In an Instagram post, Yen shared a screenshot of himself in 2010’s “Ip Man 2” next to a black-and-white photo of himself in the upcoming “Ip Man 4.”
Imai first gained popularity when he was just five years old after a video of him mimicking his ultimate hero Bruce Lee’s masterful technique went viral online.
A fight scene between Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan will reportedly be the highlight of “Ip Man 4,” the latest installment in the kung fu series expected to hit theaters later this year.
In a Weibo post in June, lead star Yen announced that the movie completed filming scenes in China, although he was unable to celebrate with the cast and crew over other commitments.
While his posts so far of the cast and crew during the first week of filming don’t reveal all that much, the fourth (and probably last) installment of the series will allegedly have the master journey to the U.S. to work with Bruce Lee, according to MovieWeb.
If you haven’t heard yet, martial arts legend Donnie Yen is coming back for “IP Man 4”!
The martial arts legend made this announcement six months ago, but if you’re a hardcore fan and missed it for some reason, then we’re here to remind you.