There’s only one (on-screen) Ip Man that really matters and he’s played by Donnie Yen.
So, it’s a good thing the 52-year-old actor is back for a third, and probably final, outing as the grandmaster Ip Man. The film which will focus on the later years of the Wing Chun teacher is directed by Wilson Yip with the action scenes choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping.
If you recall, at the end of Ip Man II (2010), a young Bruce Lee had come to the school. Just how much of the new film will consist of Lee’s presence is unknown at the moment, but the character will be played by Chan Kwok Kwan (who has portrayed the martial artist in TV series The Legend Of Bruce Lee and its film version).
American boxing legend Mike Tyson is set to make an appearance in Ip Man III too, playing a mob boss running underground boxing matches.
In the production notes provided by Lotus Five Star/RAM Entertainment, Yen said this of playing Master Ip Man: “Although I present him as another human being, he is in fact more of a spirit that represents every single Chinese.”
Ip Man III opens on Dec 24.