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“Ip Man 3” Cast Has Mike Tyson and CGI Bruce Lee [CRIEnglish / [

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Uncategorized on April 18, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Web Editor: Sun Wanming

Shooting for the third installment in the hit kung-fu series “Ip Man” is due to begin…

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is joining Donnie Yen in the movie, along with a computer-generated Bruce Lee.

“Ip Man” is a kung-fu biopic about the life of Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun master.

The story in the third installment focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee.

“Ip Man 3” is being directed by Wilson Yip.

The film is scheduled for release during next year’s [2016] Spring Festival.

Edited/excerpted by Zuo Shou

Original article title: ‘New “Ip Man” Cast Has Mike Tyson and Computer-Generated Bruce Lee’

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“Sha Po Lang 2” aka SPL 2 to be Released on 2015 June 18 [CRIEnglish / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema on March 25, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The first trailer for the sequel of Hong Kong action film “Sha Po Lang” is released. ]Trailer here, w/o English subtitles —

The movie tells a story about a retiring policeman who resorts to the use of questionable methods in order to catch a ruthless triad boss.

The title “Sha Po Lang” refers to three words derived from Chinese astrology that each represents a different star capable of good or evil depending on their position in the heavens.

Yip Wai-Shun will be the acclaimed [sic] director and Pou-Soi Cheang as [sic] director of the movie.

It will star Jacky Wu Jing, Tony Jaa and Louis Koo.

The first movie in the serial…[with Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung was awarded]… best action choreography at the 25th Hong Kong film awards in 2005.

The action scene[s] in the new movie will be fully upgraded than [sic] the former one.

With the help of sharp [sic] objects such as chains and fly [sic] knife, the martial arts will challenge the limits of action movies.

The movie is slated for release on June 18.

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Filming of “The Monkey King 2” Starts, Gong Li Stars — Donnie Yen doesn’t [CRIEnglish / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema on January 4, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手


Hong Kong singer and actor Aaron Kwok [taking over lead role of Sun Wukong (the Monkey King) from Donnie Yen], Chinese actress Gong Li and Chinese actor Feng Shaofeng attend a press conference to start the filming of their new movie “The Monkey King 2” in Wuxi city, east Chinas [sic] Jiangsu province, 24 December 2014…

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Yen, Yeoh commit to Crouching Tiger prequel [Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平, Zhang Ziyi 张子怡 on May 17, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Patrick Frater

Fri, 17 May 2013

Production News

The Weinstein Company announced that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: Green Destiny 臥虎藏龍Ⅱ will start production in March 2014.

The US company confirmed that Michelle YEOH 楊紫瓊 will reprise her role as Yu Shulien opposite Donnie YEN 甄子丹 in the new role of Silent Wolf. The original film’s action choreographer YUEN Woo-ping 袁和平 will direct.

The screenplay is by John FUSCO, who previously co-wrote the US-China co-production The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 (2008). It is adapted from the same series of wuxia novels written by WANG Dulu 王度廬 about four generations of knights errant…

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Kung Fu star Donnie Yen to sue Vincent Zhao for slander [ / Sweet and Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Hong Kong, Sweet & Sour Cinema on March 31, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by An Wei

March 19, 2012

Actor Donnie Yen will sue Vincent Zhao for slander, according to reports by Hong Kong media.

Yen made a statement on Sunday that the discontinued partnership with Zhao was the decision of the investors of “Special Identity.” Yen said Zhao distorted the truth in interviews, claiming that he was forced out by Yen. Yen said it was a malicious act of slander, which Zhao used to promote himself.

Yen said he will sue Zhao for damaging his reputation, and that he reserved the right to pursue monetary damages.

“I am rather disappointed by Vincent Zhao’s words,” Yen said. “If I had made a mistake, it would have been my insistence in casting him in the movie. I have no energy to entangle myself in this issue. My lawyer has started on the case.”

He added he and Zhao may never work together again.

The production crew of “Special Identity” announced on Feb. 29 that Zhao had officially stepped away from the film, disappointing fans hotly anticipating the collaboration between the two kung fu superstars. In a media interview published on March 15, Zhao blasted Yen for allegedly diminishing his lead role in the script. He said the film producers announced his removal also without prior discussions with him.

Yen is known for portraying Bruce Lee’s master in the “Ip Man” movie franchise. Zhao starred in popular Hong Kong action film, “True Legend” (2010).

Zhao and wife Zhang Danlu attended a friend’s wedding on Sunday and was asked about the indictment. His managers company said they could not comment on the case because of ongoing negotiations and confidential business agreements.

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Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao Collaborate on Action Movie [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Beijing, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema on January 30, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手


Web Editor: Xie Tingting

Donnie Yen says he feels excited about his first collaboration with fellow action star Vincent Zhao in the new film “Special Identity” (“Te Shu Shen Fen”).

“We never worked together before, although I really appreciate his talent,” Yen told reporters who gathered at a Beijing hotel on Thursday to mark the commencement of filming.

“Vincent and I will do some great action scenes,” added Yen, who is also the movie’s action director.

Vincent Zhao also believes the action scenes are highlights, adding, “Also expect lots of breathtaking car-racing scenes.”

The actors didn’t mention the movie’s storyline.

Donnie Yen’s notable films include “Ip Man”, “14 Blades” and “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen”, while Vincent Zhao’s most famous character is the kung fu hero Wong Fei-hung, whom he portrayed for both film and TV.

“Special Identity” is being directed by Clarence Fok. The cast also includes Zhang Hanyu and Jing Tian.

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The movie is scheduled for release this November.

“Wu Xia” [武侠] (2011) – Exclusive Review [Sweet & Sour Cinema / Sweet & Sour Cinema Exclusive Review]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Kung Fu, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Sweet & Sour Cinema exclusive flim review on August 17, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“Wuxia” [武侠] (2011) – Review by Zuo Shou 左手

Directed by Peter Chan

Starring: Donnie Yen, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu, Kara Hui

Review of Mandarin version, w/o English subs

[Qualifier: this reviewer is not fully fluent in Mandarin, which may affect the film appreciation]

This film created a lot of anticipation with its genre-encompassing title, career-peaking Donnie Yen as male lead and its plum casting of martial arts film bad-mutha Jimmy Wang Yu, the original “One-Armed Swordsman”.

The film mostly cannot rise to its own high expectation; however, there are some classic sequences, namely with some exhilarating Yen-choreographed fights in the film’s final third with the still-formidable Yu as well as a female old-school counterpart.

Director Peter Chan, a good but not great director in my opinion, makes an ambitious attempt in “Wuxia” to synthesize disparate stylistic elements into an action film. These include the martial arts excitement and tragic drama inherent in the “Wuxia” [“Martial Arts Chivalry”] genre; “Rashomon”-like replays of dubious events; film noir’s philosophy of life as whirlpool of evil; and finally old-school martial arts cinema tribute. The only aspect which Chan unqualifiedly succeeds with is the last, which perhaps is all that necessary for martial arts film fans. I give him credit for showing a deep passion and respect for the “kung fu” film classics, a quality which eventually carries the film over its artistic weaknesses.

The plot is rather simple and involves an unassuming small town artisan (Yen) drawn into a brawl with a pair of vicious bandits whom he inexplicably manages to dispatch, achieving heroic status among the locals. Detective Takeshi Kitaharo discerns the deepness beneath Yen’s still waters, and his investigations lead to a dark underworld.

Donnie Yen makes a problematic anchor for the film. This may make Donnie Yen fans howl, but in my opinion he is miscast in this role. He’s the top martial artist film actor today, a major star in his own right, and his fight direction in “Wuxia” is not to be faulted. However, he is one whose martial arts skills quite surpass his acting ability, which is mainly suited to either genial affability (his career-defining “Ip Man” role, which Yen himself described as a “geek…family man”) or limited-dialogue heavies whose fists do the talking (Jet Li’s prime adversary in “Once Upon a Time in China II”). In this film, he’s required to embody a character of the darkest depths, which seems to be an acting task quite beyond Yen; to be fair, perhaps the vagaries of the character would be beyond all but the most expert thesps. It doesn’t help that with Yen now being identifed with his own iconic “Ip Man” character, in this film he’s required to play almost the opposite, one with a depraved background — a kind of role he hasn’t touched for years (if not decades). Furthermore, recently Yen is doing a welter of TV ads simultaneously, from “Head and Shoulders” to analgesics and extension cords. This trivializes his image and makes a heavier role even more improbable for him to manage.

The second lead Kaneshiro Takeshi, doesn’t fare much better, as he is more of a matinee idol and Asian marketing device with his dual Taiwan-Japanese background than a solid acting talent. He’s also called upon to play some weirdly improbable scenes, including a masochistic one where he tortures himself with acupuncture needles in order to suppress his tendency to absorb the grief and pain he’s exposed to in his crime studies.

So for the the first 2/3 of the film, there’s basically one fight sequence played twice (the Rashomon effect – deployed more as gimmick than art), and besides the not-to-compelling cat & mouse game between the Yen and Takeshi characters and the nice Southern Chinese village scenery (an odd choice for a noir-esque plot), all that one has to sink their teeth into is the character of Yen’s wife Tang Wei. Her main attraction is her career redemption; she’s slowly rehabilitating her integrity after the nearly career-killing choice of her introductory lead role in Ang Lee’s tawdry and reactionary misfire “Lust, Caution”. Tang seems to be the only talented lead actor in the film, even if she’s only got one tiny scene to show what she can do.

It’s all somewhat superficial and contrived, and with an hour or so having passed one realizes how sparse the action has been, and wonders what is the point of it all. And where in the heck is Jimmy Wang Yu?!? Then elderly Jimmy shows up as a sinister Buddhist abbot, and with his appearance the film suddenly realizes its latent potential. With an unnaturally menacing subterranean voice and casualty-inflicting rings on every fleshy knuckle, he’s a truly intimidating martial arts Jabba the Hut in sable robes.

Except for one sidetrack, the remainder of the movie thrills in classic fashion with new-school (Yen) vs. old-school stars Kara Hui (“My Favorite Auntie”, “Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter” – here as a superb knife-fighter) and dominating Jimmy Wang Yu. The climactic battle’s finale is absolutely brilliant…

So in the end, I’m not really sure why they called the movie “Wuxia” as it doesn’t quite embody the “chivalry” that I think of as defining that genre. (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is probably the best-know example of that.) The film overall doesn’t reach the heights of earlier wuxia classics. However, when Kara Hui and Jimmy Wang Yu are battling Donnie Yen in the final reel, it’s as good as it gets in the 21st Century martial arts flick world. This one is really for the genre fans, and the deeper your knowledge of the oldies which this film turns out being Peter Chan’s paean to, the greater the chance you’ll enjoy the multiple resonances. Just keep in mind that the lead-up to the really good stuff just might try your patience.

In the meantime, you might want to see the source of Jimmy Wang Yu’s legendary status; check out his auteur tour-de-force in the scrappy and sublime “One-armed Boxer vs. Flying Guillotine”.


I recommend Derek Elley’s fine online review of “Wu Xia” for Film Business Asia, he scores the movie 8 out of 10, saying “…Part period detective mystery, part martial arts drama, and part pressure-points manual, Wu Xia (武俠) is a sumptuously shot spin on the costume action genre whose only major weakness is a lack of narrative smoothness and tonal consistency…”

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