Kung fu master's son gives two thumbs up to biopic

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am

Ip Chun (right) gives two thumbs up to the movie Ip Man. The eldest son of the wing chun master who trained Bruce Lee was emotional after viewing a trailer of the eponymous biopic - starring Donnie Yen Ji-dan (left) and due out on December 19 - at a press conference for the Mandarin Films production on Friday. 'I have seen some raw footage of the film,' Ip Chun, who lives in Kwun Tong, said. 'There was one scene I will always remember when one character comes into the house and challenges Yen [playing Ip Man]. The man is trying to upset him by wrecking furniture, and this actually happened in real life. I was still a young boy then, but I remember my mother begging my father to fight back or the whole house might be destroyed.'

This isn't the only film project on the life of the kung fu legend. The widely reported clash between Wong Kar-wai, working on his own biopic of Ip Man, and Mandarin Films producer Raymond Wong Pak-ming was settled when the former agreed to The Great Master as a title and the latter (directed by Wilson Yip Wai-shun) shortened theirs to Ip Man.

However, Ip Chun is happy. 'Wong Kar-wai approached me first, and I was his consultant, but it's been some 12 years now. [Mandarin Films] came to me about a year ago. I don't mind having more people make films about my father. The more people know about my father and his story, the better it promotes wing chun. If a third group came along and said they were interested in another film, I would accept that too.'