Ip Man set to fight again after film's success
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
After defeating all opponents at the holiday box office, Ip Man will return to fight again. Mandarin Films has announced it will fast-track a sequel on Bruce Lee's martial arts master after the Donnie Yen Ji-dan vehicle topped the box-office tally in Hong Kong, Singapore and, most significantly, on the mainland.
'Right now, Ip Man has already made more than HK$20 million in Hong Kong and almost 100 million yuan (HK$110 million) on the mainland,' Ip Man's producer and Mandarin Films boss Raymond Wong Pak-ming said.
The second film will focus more on the Wing Chun master escaping to Hong Kong and entering the life of a kid named Bruce. To give it his full attention, Wong has resigned as Mandarin's chairman to be more hands-on. 'I made the decision a while ago mainly because I realised how busy I was last year overseeing the production of two film projects, Ip Man and All's Well, Ends Well 2009 (coming out for the Lunar New Year), which I also acted in. I was flying between Hong Kong and the mainland and I found it very difficult to fulfil my chairman duties attending meetings.'
The success of Ip Man has energised the 60-year-old veteran, who will remain a board member. 'It feels like back in the old days when I was at Cinema City in the 1980s (which made classics like John Woo's A Better Tomorrow). We will start the filming Ip Man 2 as early as June.'
The big question now is who will play Bruce Lee? The talk has Jay Chou Jie-lun and Aaron Kwok Fu-shing top of the list.