Category Archives: Asian Movie Greats
~Donnie Yen: From Monkey Kung Fu to Frozen in Time ~
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 1:00-3:00PM PDT
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Monkey Kung Fu
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ICEMAN 2 – OFFICIAL TRAILER – IN THEATERS APRIL 17, 2018
“I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.”
Though he is perhaps most famous to western audiences as Chirrut Îmwe, a Rebel spy in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Donnie Yen has had a long and prosperous career in cinema, spanning more than three decades. This week on One Cell, One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy and guest Veronica Hendricks will discuss Yen’s career, his use of varied martial arts styles, and what lies in Yen’s future.
Born in Guangzhou, China in 1963, Donnie Yen is the son of a kung fu master and a newspaper editor. When he was eleven, his family moved to Boston. Here he learned a great love of music as well as learning martial arts from his mother, a pioneer for Chinese martial arts in America. In time, he became a serious practitioner of modern Wu Shu, and his parents decided to send him to Beijing to train at the Chinese capital’s famed Wu Shu academy. It was when Yen returned to Hong Kong en route back to Boston that he met the famed martial arts movie director Yuen Woo-ping.
Donnie Yen exploded onto the Hong Kong movie scene when he was cast in the lead role of director Yuen Woo-ping’s Drunken Tai Chi. His debut film immediately established him as a viable leading man, and Yen has remained a major figure in Chinese action cinema to this day.
Yen’s career blossomed, including roles in over 70 movies and tv shows, including 1993’s Iron Monkey, Yimou Zhang’s 2002 masterpiece Hero, and the Ip Man series, of which a 4th movie is filming right now. He has also been in many American movies, such as the aforementioned Rogue One, Blade II, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and a live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, scheduled for release in 2020, which will also star Jet Li.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest, Film Producer Veronica Hendricks, as they discuss Donnie Yen on One Cell One Light Radio!
ICEMAN – TRAILER
Dragon US Release TRAILER (2012)-Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro Movie HD