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Donnie Yen is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Original Music Composer and Choreographer Hongkongais born on 27 july 1963 at Guangzhou (Chine)

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen
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Nationality Hong kong
Birth 27 july 1963 (55 years) at Guangzhou (Chine)

Donnie Yen (born 27 July 1963), also known as Yen Ji-dan (甄子丹), is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.

Yen is credited by many for contributing to the popularization of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun. He played Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the 2008 film Ip Man, which was a box office success. This has led to an increase in the number of people taking up Wing Chun, leading to hundreds of new Wing Chun schools to be opened up in mainland China and other parts of Asia. Ip Chun, the eldest son of Ip Man, even mentioned that he is grateful to Yen for making his family art popular and allowing his father's legacy to be remembered.

Yen is considered to be Hong Kong's top action star; director Peter Chan mentioned that he "is the 'it' action person right now" and "has built himself into a bona fide leading man, who happens to be an action star." Yen is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) into the mainstream of Chinese culture, by choreographing MMA in many of his recent films. Yen has displayed notable skills in a wide variety of martial arts, being well-versed in boxing, kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, taekwondo, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wing Chun, and Wushu. Seen as one of the most popular film stars in Asia in recent years, Yen was one of the highest paid actors in Asia in 2009. Yen has earned 220 million HKD (28.4 million USD) from four films and six advertisements in 2013.

Biography

Issu d’une famille d’experts en arts martiaux, Donnie Yen a lui-même pratiqué cette discipline dès son plus jeune âge. Sa mère commence à lui apprendre l’art du tai-chi alors qu’il n’a que 4 ans et, au fil des années, il s’essaie à divers arts martiaux, comme le taekwondo. Invité à poursuivre son apprentissage à Pékin à l’âge de 18 ans, il y fait la connaissance de son mentor, le chorégraphe de combats Yuen Woo-ping, qui l’initie au cinéma de Hong Kong.

En 1984, alors qu’il n’a que 21 ans, il décroche son premier rôle au cinéma dans Drunken Tai-Chi de Yuen Woo-ping, puis s’impose grâce à son interprétation du général Lan dans Il était une fois en Chine 2 : la secte du lotus blanc de Tsui Hark. Il fait ses débuts de réalisateur avec Legend of Wolf, ce qui lui ouvre de nouvelles perspectives. En 2000, Donnie Yen tourne son premier film américain, en incarnant le personnage immortel de Jin Ke dans Highlander: Endgame (2001). On l’a également vu dans Shanghai Kid 2 (Shanghai Knights) (2002) aux côtés de Jackie Chan.

Donnie Yen a joué dans Blade II (2002) dont il a également réglé les scènes de combats. Il a partagé l’affiche de Hero (Ying Xiong) (2002) de Zhang Yimou.

Le retrait de Jet Li du monde du cinéma martial à partir de 2006 permet enfin à Donnie Yen d'exploser à Hong Kong. Il devient en effet la star numéro un des films d'arts martiaux enchaînant succès sur succès notamment en collaborant avec Wilson Yip (SPL : Sha po lang, Flashpoint, Dragon Tiger Gate).

C'est surtout en 2008 que la carrière de Donnie Yen va être à son apogée. En effet il interprète Ip Man, le célèbre maître de Wing Chun, dans un film de Wilson Yip. Le film est aujourd'hui considéré comme l'un des meilleurs films d'arts martiaux. Un second opus, Ip Man 2, a vu le jour en 2010, suivi par un troisième opus, Ip Man 3, en 2015.

En 2016, il joue le rôle de Chirrut Îmwe dans le film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story de Gareth Edwards.

Best films

Hero (2002)
(Actor)

Usually with

Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(12 films)
Bey Logan
Bey Logan
(6 films)
Wilson Yip
Wilson Yip
(6 films)
Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(4 films)
Louis Koo
Louis Koo
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Donnie Yen (55 films)

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Actor

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, 1h47
Directed by D.J. Caruso
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen
Roles Xiang
Rating52% 2.6062652.6062652.6062652.6062652.606265
Après avoir été laissé pour mort à la suite d'un accident, Xander Cage revient aux affaires et doit à nouveau travailler avec l'agent Gibbons, dans le but de mettre la main sur la Boîte de Pandore, un objet très dangereux qui permet de faire tomber des satellites partout où l'on veut sur la Terre. Pour cette mission, Xander sera accompagné de nouvelles recrues.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Wuxia films
Actors Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Chris Pang
Roles Silent Wolf
Rating60% 3.048283.048283.048283.048283.04828
Tigre et Dragon 2 reprend les thèmes du premier opus et développe son intrigue autour d’une histoire d’amour perdu, d’une épée légendaire et d'une quête de rédemption. Et ce sur fond de combats d’arts martiaux entre le bien et le mal.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2h13
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed
Roles Chirrut Imwe
Rating77% 3.897083.897083.897083.897083.89708
L'univers de Star Wars tourne autour des tentatives de séparation d'un groupe favorable à un empire de la République galactique. Pour ce faire, les séparatistes entraînent des dirigeants de la République dans des affaires ingérables grâce aux manigances du Chancelier Suprême Palpatine, qui dit servir la démocratie tout en étant favorable à un empire. Pour maintenir la paix en place, les Jedi combattent les ennemis de la République, mais ceux-ci doivent faire face aux Seigneurs Sith (dont Palpatine est membre, sous le nom de Dark Sidious), tous sont sensibles à la Force, une capacité d'origine physiologique qui permet à leurs détenteurs d'acquérir certains pouvoirs surnaturels.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Chris Pang
Roles Silent Wolf
Rating60% 3.0482653.0482653.0482653.0482653.048265
Dans une Chine déchirée par des guerres désastreuses entre les différentes écoles d'arts martiaux, Hadès Dai, le seigneur de l'école du "Lotus de l'Ouest", poussé par les visions d'une sorcière, cherche à s'emparer de l'épée "Destinée" afin d'obtenir le pouvoir suprême. Le Seigneur Dai envoie alors le jeune Wei Fang à Pékin pour dérober l'épée dans le palais du Seigneur Tié qui vient de décéder. Wei Fang est battu, puis emprisonné par Yu Shu Lien et son élève, la jeune Vase de neige. Yu Shu Lien comprend dès lors qu'il lui faut rassembler les derniers adeptes de l'école du "Sentier de Fer" qui se sont toujours battus pour le code, le devoir et l'honneur. Cinq guerriers du Jiang hu la rejoignent : Loup silencieux, l'homme auquel elle avait jadis été promise et qu'elle croyait mort, Lame volante, Chan Poing de Tonnerre, Shi Fléchettes d'argent et Ma Tortue. Lorsque les troupes du "Lotus de l'Ouest" pénètrent de nuit dans le palais, Vase de neige libère Wei Fang qui s'empare alors de l'épée légendaire pour la ramener à Hadès Dai. Cependant, agenouillé devant le seigneur Dai, Wei Fang brandit l'épée "Destinée" et tente de le tuer afin de venger la mort de sa mère, la guerrière renégate Han Mei, dont la véritable histoire lui avait été dévoilée par Vase de neige qui fut son élève. En mauvaise posture, Wei Fang est secouru par Loup silencieux, Yu Shu Lien et deux autres guerriers. Au cours d'un duel sanglant, Loup silencieux finit par tuer Hadès Dai. Yu Shu Lien emporte alors l'épée "Destinée", qui suscite tant de convoitises et provoque tant de morts, aux Monts Wudang.
Ip Man 3
Ip Man 3 (2015)

Directed by Wilson Yip
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Historical
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Patrick Tam, Bryan Leung, Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, Lo Mang
Roles Ip Man
Rating70% 3.546273.546273.546273.546273.54627
En 1959, Ip Man vit à Hong Kong avec sa femme et son deuxième fils. Vivant de ses cours de wing chun, il va se retrouver à protéger l'école de son fils d'un promoteur américain prêt à tout pour acheter le terrain. Il va alors voir apparaître un rival, Cheung Tin-chi, aussi doué en wing chun mais très pauvre.
Iceman
Iceman (2014)
, 1h44
Directed by Donnie Yen
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Martial arts, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Historical, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lo Hoi-pang, Lam Suet, Ava Liu-Yu-Kiu, Gregory Wong
Roles Ying
Rating48% 2.4054652.4054652.4054652.4054652.405465
Iceman revolves around a Ming Dynasty officer, He Ying (Donnie Yen), who was tasked with bringing a mythical time traveling device back to the Ming emperor. He was betrayed, and subsequently frozen. He Ying, Sao(Wang Baoqiang) and Niehu were frozen during a fight and were defrosted in modern-day Hong Kong where they continue their battle.
The Monkey King, 1h59
Directed by Soi Cheang
Origin Chine
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Films based on mythology, Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen, Kelly Chen, Louis Fan
Roles Sun Wukong / Monkey King
Rating49% 2.452822.452822.452822.452822.45282
The film is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng'en's classical novel Journey to the West and will tell the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
Kung Fu Jungle, 1h40
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Michelle Bai, Louis Fan, Alex Fong, Xing Yu
Roles Hahou Mo
Rating64% 3.2497153.2497153.2497153.2497153.249715
Hahou Mo, a martial arts expert and police self-defense instructor (Donnie Yen) is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter during a fight with an opponent. Three years later, a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) emerges and starts killing retired martial arts masters that Hahou knows. With his own personal agenda, Hahou reveals he knows the killer's next intended victims and offers to aid Inspector Luk Yuen-Sum (Charlie Young) in capturing the killer with his martial arts skills and knowledge in exchange for his freedom.
Special ID
Special ID (2013)
, 1h39
Origin Chine
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Gangster films
Actors Donnie Yen, Collin Chou, Andy On, Jing Tian, Paw Hee-ching, Terence Yin
Roles Dragon Chan
Rating56% 2.8001652.8001652.8001652.8001652.800165
Yen takes on the role of Dragon Chan, a Hong Kong undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Hung (Collin Chou), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators in his midst. Struggling to keep his family together and his identity concealed, Chan is torn between two worlds.
The Lost Bladesman, 1h47
Directed by Felix Chong
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical, Martial arts
Themes Films based on mythology, Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Betty Sun, Alex Fong, Chin Siu-ho (錢小豪), Andy On
Roles 关羽
Rating60% 3.0033.0033.0033.0033.003
The film opens with a scene of Cao Cao attending Guan Yu's funeral — Guan's severed head is buried with a wooden statue in place of his body. The scene flashbacks to 20 years ago: After Guan Yu had been separated from his sworn brother Liu Bei, he temporarily served Cao Cao while he waited for news of Liu's whereabouts. At the Battle of Baima between Cao Cao and his rival Yuan Shao, Guan Yu slew Yuan's general Yan Liang and lifted the siege on Baima. As a reward, Cao Cao suggested to Emperor Xian to grant Guan Yu a marquis title and promote him to a higher rank.
All's Well, Ends Well 2011, 1h44
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Carina Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Chapman To, Lynn Hung
Roles Cheng Yu-keung / Arnold Cheng
Rating51% 2.574212.574212.574212.574212.57421
Make-up artist Sammy (Louis Koo) is hired by Dream (Yan Ni) as the director of a cosmetic company with Claire (Cecilia Cheung) being the only colleague who is willing to assist him. Sammy invites Arnold (Donnie Yen), a fellow make-up artist, to join him. Though Arnold might appear to be a woman’s magnet, his heart still lingers with his first love Mona (Carina Lau), a frustrated writer. A minor incident in the new product commercial ties the friendship among Sammy, Arnold and the yacht billionaire Syd (Chapman To). Syd meets Claire and aims to pursue her. Having grown up in a poor family, Claire seizes this as a golden opportunity to live a prosperous life and asks Sammy for help to fulfill her dream, without realizing that she has fallen in love with Sammy.
Dragon
Dragon (2011)
, 1h56
Directed by Peter Ho-sun Chan
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu, Kara Hui, Li Xiaoran
Roles Liu Jin-xi
Rating70% 3.5493653.5493653.5493653.5493653.549365
In 1917 Republican China, Liu Jinxi and his wife Yu are an ordinary couple with two sons, Fangzheng and Xiaotian, living together in Liu Village, Yunnan. One day, two bandits enter the village and attempt to rob the general store. Liu happens to be in the shop, and he fights and kills the robbers when they turn violent. During an autopsy, the detective Xu Baijiu, who is sent to investigate the case, discovers that one of the dead bandits was Yan Dongsheng, who is among the government's ten most wanted fugitives. The local magistrate is pleased, and his fellow villagers regard Liu as a hero.