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Movie Fact #11 - August 28th, 2020

 

The real-life martial arts figure Ip Man, who would become famous later on for training Bruce Lee who helped popularize martial arts in the West, is a coveted role for many Asian actors to play. However, the most famous has become a series of films that starred Donnie Yen. When he took on the role in the first film in 2008, Yen described the is as the most emotionally and mentally difficult in his career. While skilled in many styles of martial arts, for months he trained solely in Wing Chun (Hoping to bring out the special traits of Wing Chun) while keeping to a strict diet which consisted of eating one meal a day. He also learned more about Ip Man through his two sons. This was all in the hopes of portraying an erudite and cultured Ip Man. Yen even went as far as to stay in character after filming, wearing his costume and changing his voice and movement patterns.


It all paid off as Yen went on to play the character in a series of critically and commercially successful films, with sequels that followed the original in 2010, 2015, and 2019 with that last films serving as the finale to the series. In addition, Yen is credited by many for contributing to the popularization of Wing Chun in China because of these films...truly following in the footsteps of the legend he brought back to life. Stay tuned!

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Nicholas E. Lauer
Nicholas E. Lauer
Aug 28, 2020

I’m seeing it tonight so you guys will get a full review. Also going to watch “Bill & Ted” and will review that. Please just give the weekend before you guys post your reviews.

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pornfly
pornfly
Aug 28, 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2020/08/28/review-new-mutants-is-the-worst-x-men-movie-ever/


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pornfly
pornfly
Aug 28, 2020

I had that game

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Nicholas E. Lauer
Nicholas E. Lauer
Aug 28, 2020

@Rambo: LOL Yeah. In defense of Atari, who were on a roll at the time, the studio behind “E.T.” demanded it match the release date of the film and they had no time to really debug it or do all the stuff needed. I think they only had like 9 months or something. The documentary is very insightful and you get to hear what they were actually hoping to do originally. And the creator of the game, who was a legend at Atari at the time, admits he also took the job with that limited time frame based on arrogance. It definitely sucks though given how Atari was such a foundation of gaming.

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Nicholas E. Lauer
Nicholas E. Lauer
Aug 28, 2020

@Rambo: Figured you’d like the second one. It was reminiscent of a “Rocky” movie (Particularly the fourth one). Thought the boxing vs. Wing Chun scenes were pretty clever!

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