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Donnie Yen —
born on July 27, 1963,
Donnie Yen, also known as Yen Ji-dan, is a Chinese actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion... (wikipedia)
Many friends of mine told me that normally only guys like a kung fu movie and the girls would be turned off - they want to see a love story. But Ip Man is a family man, so the women see this and go: 'I want my husband to be like this man. He'll be a scholar, he'll be fighting, he'll care for the family.' So we had a bigger audience.
For me, I like to have explosive moments, whether it is a particular movement itself in the whole sequence. I like to have shocking moments; for audiences to feel, like, 'Whoa!' It's always been my forte.
As an action director, I always try to bring something fresh and new.
I think a lot of people don't realize that martial arts are just an expression like anything else. It's just that most people are not trained to punch or kick, but you can walk or run or dance, which is also part of expression.
Better to be called something positive and inspirational than something negative.