Emperor launching Ip Man biopic at AFM
Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures is introducing a biopic of Wing Chun master Ip Man, to be directed by Herman Yau, at AFM.
Backed by China’s National Arts Film Production, Ip Man - The Final Fight is produced by Sin Kwok-lam, vice chairman of the World Wing Chun Union. Sin trained under Ip Man’s son, Ip Chun, as well as Hung Gar who is descended from Wong Fei-hung, a character often played by Jet Li in his early career.
Ip Man, who taught kung-fu to Bruce Lee, is currently a popular subject - Hong Kong producer Raymond Wong has already made two films about him, Ip Man and Ip Man 2, directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen, and is preparing a third. Wong Kar Wai’s take on the kung-fu master’s life, The Grandmaster, is scheduled for release in December.
Yau previously directed The Legend Is Born - Ip Man, about the master’s early life. In his second fictionalised film on the subject, Ip Man faces off against triads in post-war Hong Kong. Anthony Wong, a real-life practitioner of the Tai-Shing Pek-Gua style of kung-fu, plays Ip Man, while Eric Tsang plays the master of the White Crane style.
Gillian Chung, martial arts champion Marvel Chow and action director/actor Xiong Xinxin round out the cast, while Ip Chun makes a cameo appearance.