| Wilson Yip|
| February 2016 (2016-02)|
Ip Man 3 is an upcoming Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, produced by Raymond Wong and written by Edmond Wong. It is the third in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man, and features Donnie Yen reprising the title role. The film will also star Mike Tyson, and Yip Mans pupil Bruce Lee, recreated through CGI. Principal photography commenced in March 2015. The film will have a 3D release in February 2016.
At the end of the 1950's, finally settled into a stable life, during his daily trip to take his young son to and from school, Ip Man meets another father Cheung Tin-chi; it so happens that Cheung is a fellow Wing Chun practitioner. Through their infrequent contact, the two fathers develop an interesting relationship. Unexpectedly, gangsters led by Sang are trying to take over properties in the neighbourhood and Ip Man decides to lead his students to guard the neighbourhood! Ip Man's conflict with the gangsters becomes heated and he discovers that the boss behind the takeover is the foreigner Frank. Because Frank colludes with an English police superintendent, even the police inspector Fat Ball cannot do much to help. Undeterred, Ip Man stays to guard the neighbourhood.
Donnie Yen as Yip Man
Lynn Hung as Cheung Wing-sing
Kent Cheng as Fatso
Mike Tyson as a property developer
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Donnie Yen initially expressed his lack of interest in making a third film, feeling that, "Because Ip Man 2 will incontrovertibly become a classic, bettering the first. I believe its best to end something when its at perfection, and leave behind a good memory." Yen later stated that after Ip Man 2, he would no longer be involved in a film based on Yip Mans life due to the over-saturation of subject matter with many different film companies starting to produce Yip Man-related films due to the success of Yens Ip Man films. While both Yen and Raymond Wong were not initially keen on making a third Ip Man film, director Wilson Yip had expressed interest in making one that would focus on the relationship between Yip Man and Bruce Lee. While Ip Man 2 very briefly shows Lee as a child, Wilson Yip hoped to find a suitable actor to portray Lee as an adult for the third installment.
In March 2014, Variety announced that Ip Man 3 would be shot in early 2015, and would be released in 3D during Chinese New Year that year, with Wilson Yip, Yen and Wong reprising their duties. In March 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Mike Tyson would also be starring as a street fighter and a property developer. They also noted that because the team could not find an actor who could portray Bruce Lees intensity onscreen, they decided to use CGI to portray Lee. In the same month, Yen said that Ip Man 3 could be his final martial arts film. Donnie Yen agreed to return to the role of Ip Man after careful consideration, after some time have passed since the release of various Ip Man films by other film companies, and because of fans anticipation. Yen stated that this will be the final Ip Man film in the trilogy. During Ip Man 3s announcement press conference, Yen appeared visibly thinner and has personally stated that at age 51, this might be his last Kung Fu film. Lynn Hung, Simon Yam, and Louis Fan are expected to reprise their roles from the first two films.
Principal photography began in Shanghai on 25 March 2015. While filming an action sequence with Yen, Tysons finger was fractured.
Kris Storti, the COO of Bruce Lee Enterprises (BLE), said that BLE, which is the sole owner of all worldwide rights relating to Lee, including his name, image and likeness, was "justifiably shocked" over Pegasus Motion Pictures decision to include Lee in their film, which Stori said was "completely unauthorized" by BLE. "To state it in no uncertain terms, BLE intends to seek all remedies available to it to stop Pegasus from including the computer-generated version of Bruce Lee in Ip Man 3," he added. However, Pegasus asserted that Bruce Lees brother Robert Lee, who is working as a consultant on Ip Man 3, owns the intellectual property rights of Bruce, a claim which was denied by BLE.
The film is scheduled for a release in Hong Kong in February 2016.
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