IP MAN 3D With Donnie Yen Finally Moving Forward

First announced about two years ago, Donnie Yen will finally be reprising the role of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the third installment of Pegasus Motion Pictures' hugely popular film franchise, according to Variety

Following the enormous success of the first two films, it came as no surprise that the cast and crew would want to get together for a third Ip Man film. However, it has been a rather stormy journey to get to this point. Yen himself indicated soon after the release of Ip Man 2 that he did not want to play Ip Man ever again. Later when it appeared that Ip Man 3 was actually going to be made, the project had to be put on hold, rumored to be because of disagreement between the producer and Donnie over the choice of director for the third film. 

Pegasus has now confirmed that Donnie Yen will be starring in Ip Man 3, which will be filmed in 3D. Raymond Wong, Wilson Yip and Edmond Wong will be returning as producer, director and screenwriter respectively. Sammo Hung, who acted as action director for the first two films, will be replaced by Yen's mentor Yuen Wo Ping. Filming is due to begin this year and release is planned for late 2015. 

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  • tman418

    I wasn't very impressed with Ip Man 2. The choreography looked a bit silly, and the plot seemed to copy the old-school, tired story of "Oh my martial arts is better than YOUR martial arts!"

    And I hope Ip Man 3D will be the last Ip Man film that China makes for a long time. I cannot believe how many competing Ip Man franchises there are. And none of them have any real accurate take on his life.

    And now America is following suit, with 2 competing "Hercules" franchises (so far).

  • Jiggyboy13

    What is there to gain from this being shot in 3D? Are Donnie's fists and feet poking out from the screen?

  • tman418

    When 3D is used right, it helps make the world look more immersive. You feel as if there is no screen there. It feels like your IN IT!

    And if it's going to be in 3D, then actually filming the movie in 3D is the way to go.

  • Marcel Samson

    Even the best 3D films only partly achieve that result. The fact that it's still a screen with borders where the images end, mess up that feeling of immersiveness quite a lot, at least to me. That said, I have seen good 3d movies. But pretty much all of them have been 3d movies that show depth inwards, not outwards. The screen borders have less of a distracting effect that way, and I'm not annoying by stuff flying around my head, haha. The best example I can remember was Toy Story 3. It had practically no outward 3d effects, everything went into the screen. It was a joy to watch. It seems they have more control over the effect with animated films as well.

  • DooK_Fresh

    Good news. But I think Donnie should action direct the fight scenes as well. Woo Ping's wing chun stuff is too watered down for my tastes.

  • Eugene Gaines

    Yes Return Of The True Yip Man Not That Fake Grandmaster One

  • DragonSpikeXIII .

    Loved both movies, I ask only one thing: less jingoism this time around, please! :)

  • billydaking

    One of the reasons why the first one worked so well was that it actually subverted that jingoism until the last title card. But then the second went Rocky IV.

  • Qinlong

    I must say I'm surprised Sammo Hung isn't returning, and just as surprised that Donnie Yen isn't taking the choreography into his own hands. And while Yuen Woo Ping's involvement can only be a good thing, I must say I would have preferred, if Sammo was not to return, to have a choreographer that hasn't had a go at Ip Man yet. Say, Tung Wai or Corey Yuen.

    And as for Wilson Yip, if he's co-directing Triumph in the Skies and directing Ip Man 3, I wonder where that leaves the mammoth (unconfirmed) Investiture of the Gods project.

  • billydaking

    Donnie hasn't worked with Yuen Woo Ping, the guy who broke him into the business, since the early 1990s.To me, that's the really important news about this; the rest is kinda just cause and effect fallout.

  • DooK_Fresh

    Doesn't mean anything now. This being a film about a wing chun master means the task should go to someone who understands the art of wing chun and how to transcend it onscreen (hence why they wanted Sammo originally). Woo Ping has shown twice that he can't handle wing chun onscreen. Plus he keeps repeating his ideas over and over rather than evolving.

  • Qinlong

    In Yuen Woo Ping's defense, the two films about Wing Chun he choreographed (well at least the two best-known) had realism only as an afterthought. In the more grounded world of Donnie's Ip Man films, I'm sure he can deliver his first true Wing Chun choreography.

  • DooK_Fresh

    Yeah, I hope so.

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