Donnie Yen Returning For IP MAN 3D

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Donnie Yen Returning For IP MAN 3D
The gang's getting back together, the Ip Man saga will get to the part of the story where Bruce Lee turns up, and this time it's happening in 3D.

Though star Donnie Yen had indicated shortly after the release of Ip Man 2 that he did not intend to return to the hugely popular series of biographical pictures about the life of Bruce Lee's mentor, sales agents Pegasus Motion Pictures have announced that they will be launching sales on the upcoming Ip Man 3D in Cannes and the entire original team is coming back - including Yen, producer Raymond Wong, writer Edmond Wong and director Wilson Yip. Lynn Hung and Yu Bo are currently slated to co-star and though the film is still listed in development they are aiming for a 2013 release date so they'll need to be gearing up soon.

What say you? Donnie Yen reprising one of the strongest roles of his career in 3D? Could be fun ...
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QinlongMay 9, 2012 12:14 PM

I know it's more hip to anticipate the Wong Kar Wai film, but IP MAN 3 is the one I'm dying to see. Let's hope they bring a legend of Sammo's caliber (Yuen Biao ? Liu Chia Liang ?) and give Simon Yam mre to do.

DooKMay 9, 2012 12:16 PM

Watching it in regular form will be satisfactory enough for me. My biggest concern is what the film is going to expand on other than Yip Man teaching Bruce Lee wing chun. There's very little to tell about Yip Man in the late 50s/early 60s.

James MarshMay 9, 2012 1:23 PM

So is Donnie about to shoot back-to-back 3D martial arts films, with this following his ICEMAN COMETH remake? Could be interesting.

I'm with you, Qinlong - as much as I want to see what Wong Kar Wai can cobble together, this has really become Donnie's defining screen character and I'm glad to see they're getting this third part of the story made.

heijoshin1May 9, 2012 1:47 PM

Very exciting news to hear about another installment. Hearing that its going to be filmed in 3D just makes me roll my eyes though. I would have thought we'd be done with that by now. Anyway I'm sure we will have a great film to look forward to. I will second Qinlong's plea about featuring someone of high quality to co-star. Liu Chia-Liang or Yuen Biao would be awesome. Please let me add Yasuaki Kurata to that list as well. With all of the Japanese in the first film they really missed out by not putting him in there. Put all three of those guys in there and the 3D cameras might even stop functioning lol. Its films like these we are reminded of how tragic it is that we lost Lam Ching-ying.

QinlongMay 9, 2012 4:28 PM

So true... The worst part being that the mould has definitely been broken for martial arts actors like that.

ChevalierAguilaMay 10, 2012 3:47 AM

Hopefully is better than the second movie.

heijoshin1May 10, 2012 1:34 PM

I would have to agree that that is more or less true. I would assume that there are less and less younger people that are willing to work as hard as the guys did coming up back in the day. That is not to be meant as an all inclusive statement though. That coupled with the fact that (to me at least) it seems that the movie studios haven't been doing much to really build up young new stars. So what I'm saying is that I don't think either side has really been pulling it's weight. We desperately need to see a lot more passion in the business from both the actors and the studios. A new Golden Age can begin at any moment. You just have to have the people in place that want to do everything they can to make it happen.

QinlongMay 10, 2012 2:52 PM

I agree, but I really think the kind of punitive, hard-ass, and ultimately incredibly rewarding training that people like the Yuen clan received at the hands of their master would be unthinkable today. And while people like Wu Jing, Tony Jaa or Iko Uwais are very capable (perhaps as much as a Yuen or a guy like Lam Ching Ying) they just don't have that rugged charisma and "laugh in the devil's face" sense of fun that their almost inhuman training gave them.

heijoshin1May 10, 2012 5:26 PM

I'm glad that you brought up Wu Jing. I almost put this in my last post but thought it might be a bit too much. There is no reason (that I can see) why someone like Wu Jing shouldn't be a big star. He has the talent. If you pull up his IMDB page though and look at his movies you can get a good idea of why he's not. Tony Jaa more or less dug his own grave. I pray he recovers his career. A trip to china for a few years might do him some good. Iko Uwais I like. I liked Merantau a lot and was still happy with The Raid even if I was a little disapointed in it. He clearly has a future ahead of him built on both his own passion and desire and that of the people around him as well. But what is going on? Dragon Tiger Gate came out and Donnie was already a big star at the time but it was (for me at least) the first time that I really looked at both Nicolas Tse and Shawn Yue and thought "Wow, these guys are prety." I know this may not be true in China as I belive both of those guys are well liked over there but in America they are not that big of names and I would say not reconised a good martial arts actors. That film was a great example of taking some lesser quality guys and putting them with some top people and letting them shine. I'd say the same thing for House of Fury. You just don't see a lot of film building these younger guys up like that though. Not even Jackie's or Sammo's sons are getting the type of build that I feel like they should be getting. I don't mean for this to sound 'ranty' I just feel like i see a lot of wasted opportunities.