Yen was the fight choreographer for the 2010 film Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

[83], Yen met his first wife and Hong Kong advertising executive, Leung Zing-ci (梁靜慈), in 1990. [13] His younger sister, Chris Yen, is also a martial artist and actress, and appeared in the 2007 film Adventures of Johnny Tao: Rock Around the Dragon. Donnie Yen Ji-dan[2] (Chinese: 甄子丹; born 27 July 1963) is a Hong Kong Chinese actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion. In return, Jet Li and Jack Ma surprised Yen and his wife Cissy, by helping to celebrate their wedding anniversary on the set. AGC International is the international sales and distribution arm of independent content studio AGC Studios.

[76] Furthermore, he incorporated many MMA elements in the film, coupled with the utilisation of Wing Chun. [28], In February 2013, the Weinstein Company confirmed that it had purchased the rights to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel and contacted Yen to play the male lead.

Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. [citation needed] Within the Hong Kong cinematic industry,[citation needed] Yen is renowned for his physical fitness, strength, and speed achieved through his use of a strict and disciplined fitness regimen to build up strength and fitness. [10] Ip Chun, the eldest son of Ip Man, even mentioned that he is grateful to Yen for making his family's art popular and allowing his father's legacy to be remembered. A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. [86], In 2012, Donnie Yen and his wife Cissy Wang co-founded Go.Asia, an online charity platform encouraging people to participate in charity work and serve local communities.

Yen took a six-month break in the second half of 2011 after the filming of The Monkey King 3D, explaining that he wanted to spend more time with his family and be with his children more as they grew up. This is a regularly updated list with movies, series and documentaries with Donnie Yen on Netflix. [14] From a young age, he was taught by his parents to play musical instruments, including the piano. Cuschieri (“Cut Throat City”).

He was a very curious teenager who sought to exchange martial arts knowledge with people from different martial arts backgrounds, which led to him gaining profound knowledge in practical martial arts and having a reputation as a street brawler. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. For Return of Xander Cage, many media sites including Variety, Los Angeles Times, Screen Anarchy and Budomate praised Yen's performance and credited him as the highlight of the movie and stealing every scene he is in.

[51], In 2019, Yen reprised his role as Ip Man for the final time in Ip Man 4: The Finale. [3][4], Yen is one of Hong Kong's top action stars. Read Next: Magnolia Swoops for North American Rights to Danish Thriller ‘Shorta’ (EXCLUSIVE), Sister Sledge Song ‘We Are Family’ Gets Special Edition For COVID-19 Support, Wales to Go Into Two-Week ‘Firebreak’ Lockdown, Disney Streaming Platform Hotstar Set For Singapore Launch on StarHub, Brian Wilson Disavows Trump’s Beach Boys Benefit in California (EXCLUSIVE), Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown, ‘Avengers’ Cast Assembles for Joe Biden Fundraiser, ‘The Vow’: What Happened to Keith Raniere, Allison Mack and Other Key Figures, Vishal Bhardwaj Sets Up Agatha Christie Indian Film Franchise (EXCLUSIVE), ‘The Vow’: What the Finale’s Surprise Twist Means for Season 2, Bruce Willis Stars in Commercial for ‘Die Hard’ Car Batteries, Apple Launches 'Apple Music TV,' a 24-Hour Music Video Livestream, Tom Petty’s Daughter, Adria, on the Excavation of ‘Wildflowers’: ‘It Feels the Closest to Who He Really Was’, ‘Demon Slayer’ Kills With $44 Million Japan Box Office Weekend, TV Ratings: Biden Wins Town Hall Duel With Trump, How Savannah Guthrie Helped Salvage NBC’s Risky Bet on Town Hall, Tony Awards 2020: Full List of Nominations, 'The Masked Singer' Reveals the Identity of Baby Alien, Pedro Pascal on Fame and ‘The Mandalorian’: ‘Can We Cut the S— and Talk About the Child?’, Maria Sharapova Nets Pastoral Santa Barbara Ranch, Garth Brooks Readies New Album ‘Fun’ and Concert Set ‘Triple Live Deluxe’, How Harry Winston Created Colorful, Kaleidoscopic Pendants and Watches for Its New High Jewelry Collection, Atalanta Media Flips Distribution Script With Women’s Soccer Approach, Celebrate this Holiday Season Safely with the Best Christmas Face Masks. In 1997, Yen started the production company Bullet Films, and made his directorial debut[20] in Legend of the Wolf (1997) and Ballistic Kiss (1998), in which he played the lead character. [43] Chasing the Dragon was also a huge hit with audiences in most parts of Asia. [91], Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, and action choreographer, In 2010, the list started to include Chinese celebrities born in, Martial arts history, style and philosophy, Bodybuilding and transformation for roles, Adventures of Johnny Tao: Rock Around the Dragon, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography, "Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen reveals past financial struggles", "Enter the Teacher to the Dragon of Martial Arts Films", "Donnie Yen: The Evolution of an American Martial Artist", "Donnie Yen Crossing Path With Cung Le in More Ways Than One", "Louis Koo is highest earning actor of 2013", "Why Rogue One Star Donnie Yen Performed All of His Amazing Fight Scenes 'Blind, "Donnie Yen leaves hand and foot prints in Hollywood-", "The Legend of Westernised Chen Zhen, The Piano Virtuoso", "Donnie Yen shows off his moves...on the Piano!! It was reported that Yen was considering the role and quoted as saying, "The first is that my schedule this year is very packed. In 2007, Yen lost over 30 pounds to reach the weight of 120 pounds to better portray the slender Ip Man and the techniques of wing chun, which focuses on techniques and not strength. Yen also came from a family of musicians.

[25] Later on, Yen revealed to the Hong Kong media that he had rejected the role. In 2016, Yen co-starred in the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One as Chirrut Îmwe, the Zatoichi-like blind transient warrior.

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Donnie Yen was considered one of the premiere action choreographers in the world, having been invited by Hollywood to choreograph blockbusters such as Blade II, Highlander: Endgame, and Shanghai Knights. Both films obtained huge critical and box-office success and proved Yen's versatility as an actor.[27]. [80] He did so through a very strict regimen of limiting himself to a plain diet consisting mainly of vegetables. Yen's most famous works include films such as Flash Point and SPL: Sha Po Lang. In 2012, Yen returned to the movie industry and commenced the filming of Special ID, in which he played the main lead, an undercover cop, and also took on the role of action choreographer. Inside the nightclub, Meng was harassed by a troublesome gang that had taken an interest in her. After three years of dating, they married secretly in the United States in November 1996. xXx was number one in its opening weekend with $61.9 million,[37] and crossed the $100 million mark in just six days with $22.2m coming from Valentine's Day alone after rave reviews praising Donnie Yen's performance swept through Chinese social media, driving moviegoers to the cinema. Yen also stated that the concept behind Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do is similar to that of MMA, hence the incorporation of many forms of martial arts was a necessity in the film.[77]. [citation needed] He maintained this bulk and physique while filming The Lost Bladesman, in which he plays Guan Yu, a Chinese general known for his size and spear-fighting abilities. Yen was a rebel in his youth due to the huge expectations and pressures from his parents, as his mother is the founder of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute in Boston, and his father was a scholar and a musician. “The Father” is a fast-paced ode to the action movies of the 1980s. CAA Media Finance is handling U.S. distribution rights. ", "Donnie Yen Teams With Sandra Ng For Laughs", "Donnie Yen mulls lead role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel", "Cannes: Before Action Starts On 'Crouching Tiger 2,' Harvey Weinstein Woos Donnie Yen And Yuen Wo Ping For 'Seven Samurai, "MIKE TYSON, CGI BRUCE LEE TO FEATURE IN IP MAN 3", "Mike Tyson Joins 'Ip Man 3' To Fight With Donnie Yen", "Rogue One—The Daring Mission Has Begun: Cast and Crew Announced", "China Box Office: 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Opens to Massive $61.9M", "V-Day Box Office: La La, xXx Win ♥♥♥, Earn $$$", "Film review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage", "Star Wars: Who is your favorite Rogue One Character", "Film review: Chasing the Dragon – Donnie Yen, Andy Lau play notorious criminals Crippled Ho, Lee Rock in slanted biopic", "Film review: Chasing the Dragon – Runner up beating The Foreiger as Runner Up for China's National Holiday releases", "Jack Ma is using Singles Day, a symbol of crass commercialism, to revitalize Tai Chi in China", "Jet Li and Jack Ma celebrates Donnie Yen's Wedding Anniversary", "Gong Shou Dao - Donnie Yen wins popularity poll", "Donnie Yen to deliver MMA in Kam Kar-wai's 'Big Brother'? In 1995, Yen starred as Chen Zhen in the television series Fist of Fury produced by ATV, which is adapted from the 1972 film of the same title that starred Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen.

For the promotion of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Paramount focused marketing efforts on Donnie Yen in China and most parts of Asia, placing him at the front of the film posters ahead of Vin Diesel, and shared clips and reviews of Yen's performance in the movie on the popular Chinese social media site Weibo.

Films produced by his own production company and directed by him were critically acclaimed but did not do well at the box office. The couple began dating in 1993. In December 2015, Yen established a charitable fund, Yen's Honour Protection Fund, with the purpose of empowering celebrities to use the law to defend their honor and reputation.

That never really happened, but it’s in the latest chapter Ip Man 4: The Finale, which was released on Netflix this summer. In Asia, he is the action choreographer for most of his movies and has won multiple awards for his action choreography. Principal photography is due to get underway early in 2021. [15][16] He also knows hip-hop dancing and breakdancing.[17][18][19].

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