Ip Man set to fight again after film's success

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 January, 2009, 12:00am

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.