HONG KONG – Renowned Hong Kong artist Raymond Wong said he was proud of the Ip Man films (2008 to 2019) for making their way to the United States and Europe.
Wong, 76, made the comments in an interview with Chinese media ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule on Friday (July 1).
He is both a famous actor and producer for films such as the Happy Ghost series (1984 to 2011) and the All’s Well, Ends Well series (1992 to 2020).
Wong said he decided to use actor Donnie Yen, who is also a martial artist, in his films when Hong Kong films were allowed to enter the Chinese market through co-production in 2004.
They went on to make films such as Dragon Tiger Gate (2006), Flash Point (2007) and Ip Man, based on the life of a martial art wing chun grandmaster and teacher of gongfu actor Bruce Lee. .
The first Ip Man film in 2008 was the first Hong Kong film to break the 100 million yuan barrier at the Chinese box office, leading to three sequels and a spin-off film.
Wong said the films also did well in the West, promoting Chinese gongfu culture to the rest of the world.
“When Donnie Yen went to the United States and Europe, they called him Ip Man instead of his real name,” Wong said.
“The United States has Iron Man, while China has Ip Man,” he said, referring to the popularity of both franchises.