Donnie Yen: My last kung fu film has a genuine 'Bruce Lee'

By Zhang Rui
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Donnie Yen poses with Danny Chan for photo to reenact a kung fu training scene originally between Bruce Lee and his master Ip Man at a press conference held in Beijing, Nov. 27, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Bona Film Group]

Chinese kung fu star Donnie Yen on Wednesday blasted director Quentin Tarantino's controversial depiction of Bruce Lee, saying he would present a genuine on-screen version of the kung fu icon in his new, final kung fu film "Ip Man 4."

"I don't want to comment on Tarantino the person," Yen said at a press conference to promote his film in Beijing; "However, the disparaging portrayal of Bruce Lee is disrespectful. I hope my film could present the best and valid Bruce Lee."

The mocking depiction of the late kung fu master in Tarantino's new film "Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood" has been previously described as a "caricature" by Lee's daughter Shannon Lee, amid angry outcry from Chinese fans. 

With Bona Film Group's investment, it was scheduled to hit Chinese theaters; however, the plan was scrapped after the controversy erupted.

Interestingly though, "Ip Man 4" is also a production from Bona Film Group. Yu Dong, chairman of the major Chinese film group, who was also present at yesterday's press conference, didn't reveal the fate of "Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood" while giving full support to "Ip Man 4."

The new film tells the story of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man's experiences in the United States in 1964. According to the producers, the movie is about Ip's famous protégé Bruce Lee opening a martial arts school in San Francisco that upsets the local martial arts community and is later challenged by some American racist groups. 

Ip then teaches Lee how to defend China's national integrity with kung fu when the discrimination and bullying against Chinese people begins to escalate.

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