Below you’ll find just-released set of character posters for the USA release of “Ip Man 3,” the $36 million film that reunites the team that made the first 2 Ip Man movies, and is executive-produced by famous Chinese producer and entrepreneur Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.
Martial artist Donnie Yen, who reprises his role as Ip Man in the third installment, is joined this time by former heavy weight boxing champ Mike Tyson (a self-proclaimed huge fan of the franchise), in a battle of fighting styles, as the two will apparently go head-to-head in “Ip Man 3.” Who wins? Find out when the film is released Stateside on January 22, 2016 via Well Go USA Entertainment.
Official synopsis: Donnie Yen ignites the screen in 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.
Per a previous press release, Tyson is a property developer who also happens to be a street brawler, and he will have some intense fighting scenes with star Donnie Yen; we get a glimpse of that in the below trailer.
The film is directed by Wilson Yip, from a script penned by Lai-yin Leuong, Chan Tai-Li, and Edmond Wong.
“The movie also conveys the spirit of emotion and justice,” said Shi during a press conference announcing the production earlier this year. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of World War II, and the 110th of the founding of the Chinese film industry. I feel like I’m not only publishing a movie, but carrying forward the Chinese spirit as well.”
Shi hopes that the introduction of Tyson can further facilitate the cultural exchange between China and U.S., especially in the film industry.
The previous “Ip Man” movies grossed $37 million worldwide, and was a local sensation. Both “Ip Man” 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix, by the way.
Check out the character posters immediately below, and, if you missed them, watch the USA release trailer for “Ip Man 3” and then watch the on-set behind the scenes featurette underneath it:
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s the on-set featurette: