(Born Yen Ji-dan) Named the biggest action star of Asia and the most “practical fighter” in Asian martial arts cinema by Jet Li and Jackie Chan, this versatile martial artist and former Beijing Wushu champion, (black belt ranks in Boxing, Tai Chi, Jeet Kune Do, Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Judo, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, and Wrestling) became an international star after his breakout role as the titular character of 2008’s Ip Man. He even appeared in the Star Wars film, “Rogue One”, as the staff wielding character, Chirrut Imwe. From Wing Chun to MMA-style fight choreography, Yen’s action design is intense and highly entertaining. Here’s a compilation of my favorite Donnie Yen fight scenes.
List of movies featured in order of appearance:
1. Ip Man
3. SPL: Sha Po Lang (Kill Zone)
4. Ip Man 2
5. Flash Point
6. Iron Monkey
7. Once Upon a Time in China 2
8. (outro) Dragon Tiger Gate
Other films worth mentioning are Drunken Tai Chi, Tiger Cage, In The Line of Duty 4, Tiger Cage 2, New Dragon Gate Inn, Hero Among Heroes (Fist of the Red Dragon), Iron Monkey 2, Legend of the Wolf, Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, Shanghai Knights, Seven Swords, An Empress and the Warriors, Bodyguards and Assassins, 14 Blades, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, The Lost Bladesman, Wuxia (Dragon), Special ID, Kung Fu Jungle, Ip Man 3, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Triple X: The Return of Xander Cage.