Donnie Yen ignites the screen in Ip Man 3, a return to the role that made him an icon, as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.
Today, we've got 6 new character posters. Each one introducers a member of the cast and the character they play. Of course, Donnie Yen takes center stage as Ip Man. But perhaps the most exciting one-sheet features Mike Tyson as American fighter Frank. We also get a look at Patrick Tam as Ma King-Sang, Lynn Hung Xiong as Cheung Wing-Sing, Jin Zhang as Sum Nung, and Danny Chan as a young Bruce Lee.
Producers had originally planned on using a CGI version of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, which certainly caused some controversy. Just one week later, it was reported that Bruce Lee's estate was trying to stop the production from going this route. While we never got an update about the lawsuit filed by Bruce Lee's family, the film's IMDB page lists Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) is portraying Bruce Lee, which is confirmed with his very own character poster.
2010's Ip Man and 2011's Ip Man 2 are both based on the true story of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the martial arts master who created the style known as Wing Chun, whose most famous student was Bruce Lee. The first two movies did not feature Bruce Lee as a character, focusing on Ip Man's early years in China. The producers initially wanted a CGI version of Bruce Lee, because they could not find an actor they felt was right to portray him, but that apparently changed when they found Kwok-Kwan Chan.
The real Ip Man lived from 1893 to 1972, but it's unclear when Ip Man 3 is exactly set, or how Bruce Lee will be introduced in this sequel. Our earlier report from March revealed that Mike Tyson is playing the substantial role of a property developer who moonlights as a vicious street fighter. Along with the posters, you can take a second look at the action-packed trailer that debuted last month.