Donnie Yen (甄子丹) announced on social media today that Ip Man 4 <葉問4> has completed filming its scenes in China. Currently busy with the post-production work for his films, Big Brother <大師兄> and Enter the Fat Dragon <肥龍過江>, Donnie could not celebrate with the Ip Man 4 cast and crew.
The Ip Man franchise pushed Donnie’s career to new heights and was wildly successful at the box office. Ip Man 3 was the most successful in the franchise, earning a total of $769 million RMB in total box office receipts. In 2016, Donnie had hinted that a fourth installment would be in the works, but the project did not film until two years later due to his busy schedule.
Director Wilson Yip (葉偉信) and action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (袁和平) return to helmIp Man 4. New cast members include British actor, Scott Akins, and Taiwanese actor, Vanness Wu (吳建豪), and a special appearance featuring Jackie Chan (成龍).
The story for the new film follows Ip Man’s disciple, Bruce Lee, arriving in the United States to open his own martial arts school. Bruce offends the local people and Ip Man appears in Chinatown to help Bruce establish a stronger foot in Chinatown and win over his adversaries. Showcasing the power and spirit of Wing Chun, Ip Man earns the respect of the locals. The film will also depict how kung fu grows its roots in the United States.
Donnie Yen to Fight Jackie Chan
Portraying a respected Big Brother in Chinatown, Jackie Chan will have a fight sequence with Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4. While both are big martial arts stars, they did not collaborate on many films together before. This scene will be the biggest highlight in Ip Man 4.
As to the actor portraying Bruce Lee, Pegasus Motion Pictures kept the casting under wraps and has not made an announcement.