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A still featuring Donnie Yen in "Ip Man."[Photo: screenran.com]
They say the best things come in threes. Nowadays in the film industry, blockbuster movies not only come in threes, but in 3D as well. Enter: Ip Man 3D.
Twitch is reporting that Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2) will return to reprise his role as Yip Man, also pronounced "Ip Man," the legendary Chinese martial artist who studied the art of Wing Chun and went on to teach his craft to students in China. Perhaps you've heard of his greatest pupil: a young man by the name of Bruce Lee.
The first Ip Man follows Ip's time in the city of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese war and features some of the most breathtaking fight scenes ever to grace the silver-screen. Ip Man 2 is set in Hong Kong, which is under British Colonial rule at the time, and successfully ups its predecessor with its unique battle scenes.
Donnie Yen initially stated that he would not return to the Ip Man franchise after the second film, but has evidently had a change of heart since making those comments.
Many believe it's only a matter of time before Yen brings his talents stateside. In 2011, rumors floated around that Donnie Yen would be added to the cast of The Expendables 2, but the casting never came to fruition – much to the chagrin of hardcore action fans. Visions of another fight scene between Yen and Jet Li begun dancing around in heads across the globe.
Plenty of folks roll their eyes when they hear mention of 3D being used in a film, but there has to be some sort of excitement when thinking of the possibilities of using the effect on Donnie Yen, with Ip Man director Wilson Yip once again calling the shots. We were not fortunate to get to see Bruce Lee do battle in HD or 3D, but this is a step in the right direction.
There is no word yet on when production for Ip Man 3 will begin, but Pegasus Motion Pictures, the studio behind Ip Man, is aiming for a 2013 release. Lynn Hung (Ip Man 2) and Yu Bo are set to join Yen in the threequel.
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