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Hi I am Kung Fu Action Star Donnie Yen, here to answer your questions. So, ask me anything!
Thank you all for your great questions! I appreciate you joining me today and I hope you're able to catch Ip Man 3 in theaters this weekend!
Your mother is quite famous in the martial arts world. What was it like training under her? Was she harder on you than on her non-blood related students?
She was EXTREMELY hard on me, I remember her pulling me out of bed at 5:30 in the morning starting at the age of 9 and training for an hour just before going to school. When I misbehaved and didn't train, she literally broke a couple of wooden swords over my skinny thighs (at the time).
Hi Donnie, what are your thoughts on being involved with Star Wars and how do you think Rogue One will compare to the other movies?
I think it's really flattering to be the first Chinese actor in the Star Wars universe and I have full confidence Rogue One will do extremely well, because the force is with me.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
When I married my wife!
Donnie, welcome to reddit, I love your films! I’m sure you are tired of the endless imaginary ‘Who would win?’ fantasies, but if you were in a hot-dog eating contest with Bruce Lee (in his prime), who would win!?
ME! I love to eat, especially the NY street stand hot dogs
Donnie! How much did you enjoy filming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? That movie is one of my favorites for over-the-top films!
A Lot! I got to reunite with Michelle Yeoh and Yuen Woo Ping, which we haven't worked with each other for over 20 years. And Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Part 2 is the very first English speaking Chinese sword movie.
What was it like working with Mike Tyson on Ip Man 3, compared to working with others on the first two films?
Mike is a professional and a fun guy to work with. It's hard to compare this experience with the first two films.
Watched and loved Ip Man 3! How did you break Tyson's finger during filming?
That was an accident! I think it was an elbow strike. You'll see some of that in the film
Just how many men do you think IP man could really take on?
You should definitely see Ip Man 3 to see him take on more people than he ever has before. Plus Iron Mike, the baddest man on the planet! lol
Hi Donnie Yen! First of all, I'm a big fan of your career! I have a few questions:
In shooting a movie, which one has been most memorable for you and why?
You're currently doing work for Rogue One. What is your opinion on being part of a huge franchise such as Star Wars?
You have been praised a lot by your peers in the martial arts world for your fighting prowess. Who else do you think should be praised?
Currently in Hong Kong, where I have been living now for a few months now. What is a place/thing in Hong Kong that you'd definitely recommend someone to see/do?
Thanks, and keep up the great work!
1 - look at the question above about Ip Man
2 - I feel very honored to be the first Chinese actor in the franchise and its great to be a "cool dad" to my kids now
3- There's so many, anyone who has paid their dues and put in the hard work deserve recognition
4- Definitely The Peak for hiking, Chinese traditional tea houses and LKF - a cool nightlife neighborhood
Of the many films you've done, which one was the most grueling for you?
There's just so many. Ip Man 1 was one, for example. Once, the whole side of my arm was pretty much paralyzed from so many punches from all of the takes. I also lost a lot of weight in order to portray Ip Man, who was very slender. I was in a lot of pain during a lot of the shots and had to play it off with controlled facial expressions due to pinched nerves.
Ever think you'll do dance fighting scenes like in Mismatched Couples again?
I can't spin on my head anymore, that was 30 years ago, but I loved it - I just don't know if it'll happen again.
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Toast, eggs, juice - super exciting, right?
What is your favourite movie? Martial arts or not.
I don't think I can pick a favorite film but I really enjoy animated films
Hi Mr Yen! I am a big fan, I know you've spent a lot of time in London in the past. What are you favourite things to do in the UK?, looking forward to seeing the new film, have a nice day!
My wife Cissy is sitting next to me here and she says shopping. For me, paying for her shopping :)
Who were your mentors, how did you find them, and what were the most important lessons that they taught you?
Of all of your martial arts experience, what style(s) do you find most practical? Which do you enjoy practicing the most?
How did you get into the movie business? What advice would you have for martial artists who would like to be where you are in your career?
My mother is my mentor because she's not the normal "mother" per se - she's a real grandmaster in martial arts. I was given the opportunity to have this family background in marital arts. Without her teaching, I would not have had those skills today and there would be no Ip Man.
What are some way that you and your wife have grown together over the years? What is your secret/strategies to building a stronger marriage as the years pass by?
Mutual respect and understanding, communication and honesty, and just understand that she's always right. ;)
Hi Donnie!! Aside from work, what do you like to do with your kids? Are you a cool dad?
I'm now considered a cool dad, thanks to Rogue One (even though I've always thought I was cool to them ;)) I'll do anything with them, I just enjoy being with them
Greetings...What Are your goals as a martial artist Donnie?
also Big fan of yours...Best Wishes for your future :)
It's so in depth, I don't want it to sound cliche. Thanks for your kind wishes.
You seem like someone who would do charitable work- Are there any charities or causes that you would like to mention?
Enjoyed IP Man, thanks for coming back!
I work with many charitable groups, some include Save the Children, Free the Children, Conservation International, The Elephant Parade, Heep Hong Society, plus a lot of local Hong Kong charity organizations
First off love your movies and here is my question.
What sort of things do you enjoy doing the most outside of being a huge martial arts movie star?
Spending time with my kids and finding new restaurants too
I am a big fan of your movie. Are you and Mike Tyson gonna join fans to watch the IP MAN 3 in AMC today like yesterday?
Yes, I'll be at AMC Atlantic Time Square in Monterey Park, CA after the 7pm show, make sure to get your ticket: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/los-angeles/amc-atlantic-times-square-14
Hi Donnie. What's your advice to your young fans who look up to you as their inspiration? And what's your ambitions yet unattained, beside acting industry? I'm a big fan of you, and I'm 19!
Work hard, be humble and stay positive.
what is your favorite pizza toppings?
I actually just like plain thin crust margherita pizza with extra cheese
Hi, Donnie! Lemme ask, are you going to team up with your sister, Chris again? You two are a dynamic duo. Love ya!
Yes of course! If the right project comes along.
Donnie, hi big fan from Mexico I have one big question,
do you know when will be released the IP man 3 movie in America?.
I want to see that movie really bad.
TODAY! Check out ipman3.com for theaters
Donnie, I'm a Hong Kong student studying in London. How did you find London?
I love London. I used to hear that London had bad restaurants, but it's totally untrue and there are some of the best in the world.
One question, if you had a chance break into Hollywood, what actor or director that you would like to collaborate with and why?
There are so many talented people that I'd be honored to work with
Hi Donnie! What do you regret most?
That's a tough question, but now it's got me thinking...
Hi Donnie! How are you today???
I was a big fan of your TV show 精武門 Fist of Fury while I was growing up. I used to sing the theme songof the show you did with my friends in school!
I just want to congratulate you on your success today and I'm very happy for you. Its been a long road since your days in ATV! Can't wait to watch Ip Man 3!
P.s. I follow you on Instagram too!
Jet-lagged, a bit hungry, but excited for Ip Man 3 to open in the US and Canada today!