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Donnie Yen

[ Yen, Donnie ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 甄子丹
Family name: Yen
Country: China
Birth date: Saturday, July 27, [53 years old]
Birth place: Canton, China
Bio
Donnie Yen (YEN Donnie / 甄子丹) is a Chinese actor, director, producer, born on Saturday, July 27, 1963, in Canton, China.
Trivia
  • Grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Classically trained pianist
  • Billed as Michael Ryan in his earlier films, until Go aat sin (1995), released in the Philippines.
  • Can speak fluent Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Can also speak casual Korean, since he learned it as a requirement for his character during the filming of Qi jian (2005).
  • Brother of Chris Yen.
  • Current wife Cissy Wang was the winner of the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant 2000. She also represented Toronto in 2001 for the Miss Chinese International Pageant.
  • Current wife Cissy Wang is nearly 18 years his junior.
  • Has a son from a previous marriage.
  • Was sent to Beijing, China, to continue his martial arts training and avoid joining gangs.
  • Sustained a heavy injury in his right shoulder while making Ching fung dik sau (1985) which still affects him to this day.
  • A big fan of Bruce Lee.
  • Directed the intro sequence of Onimusha 3 (2004) (VG).
  • Well trained in various martial arts styles, including wushu, tae kwon do, kick-boxing and boxing.
  • Was supposed to co-star with Brandon Lee in a sequel to Long zai jiang hu (1986) but Lee's departure back to the States led to the idea being scrapped.
  • Michelle Yeoh considers him to be the fastest on-screen fighter she's ever worked with.
  • Turned down the role of the villain in both Tai ji: Zhang San Feng (1993) and Jui kuen II (1994).
  • Former prot
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2012 Da nao tian gong as Sun Wukong
  • 2011 Wu xia
  • 2011 Guan yun chang as Guan Yu
  • 2011 Ji keung hei si 2011
  • 2010 Jing mo fung wan: Chen Zhen as Chen Zhen
  • 2010 Yip Man 2 as Ip Man
  • 2010 Jin yi wei
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng as Sum Chung-yang
  • 2009 Jian guo da ye
  • 2009 Ga yau hei si 2009
  • 2008 Yip Man as Ip Man
  • 2008 Hua pi
  • 2008 Jiang shan mei ren as Muyong Xuehu
  • 2007 Dou fo sin as Det. Sgt. Ma Jun
  • 2006 Lung fu moon
  • 2005 Saat po long as Insp. Ma Kwun
  • 2005 Qi jian as Chu Zhao Nan
  • 2004 Chin gei bin 2: Fa dou daai jin
  • 2004 Luen ching go gup
  • 2003 Shanghai Knights as Wu Chow
  • 2002 Ying xiong as Sky
  • 2002 Blade II as Snowman
  • 2000 Highlander: Endgame as Jin Ke
  • 1999 Hei se cheng shi
  • 1998 Sun tong saan dai hing
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 1997 Hak mooi gwai yi git gam laan
  • 1996 666 Mo gwai fuk wut
  • 1996 Gaai tau saat sau as Iron Monkey
  • 1995 Dou sing 2: Gai tau dou sing
  • 1995 Go aat sin
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Ma hei siu ji
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 1994 Kung fu si fu
  • 1993 So Hak-Yi
  • 1993 Siu nin Wong Fei Hung ji: Tit Ma Lau as Wong Kei-Ying
  • 1993 San lau sing woo dip gim
  • 1992 Sun lung moon hak chan
  • 1992 Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung
  • 1992 Lip paau hang dung
  • 1991 Moh sun gip
  • 1991 No foh wai lung
  • 1990 Sai hak chin
  • 1989 Fei fu kwan ying
  • 1989 Wong ga si je ji IV: Jik gik jing yan
  • 1989 Mo min kap sin fung
  • 1988 Dak ging to lung
  • 1988 Ying ging boon sik
  • 1985 Ching fung dik sau
  • 1984 Siu taai gik as Chan Chuen Chung
  • 2011 Wu xia
  • 2011 Guan yun chang
  • 2010 Jing mo fung wan: Chen Zhen
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 2006 Lung fu moon
  • 2006 Stormbreaker
  • 2005 Saat po long
  • 2004 Gin chap hak mooi gwai
  • 2004 Onimusha 3
  • 2003 Chin gei bin
  • 2002 Blade II
  • 2001 Shura Yukihime
  • 2000 Der Puma - Kämpfer mit Herz
  • 2000 Highlander: Endgame
  • 1999 Der Puma - Kämpfer mit Herz
  • 1999 Sing yuet tung wa
  • 1998 Sun tong saan dai hing
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 1996 666 Mo gwai fuk wut
  • 1995 Go aat sin
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Kung fu si fu
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 1993 Siu nin Wong Fei Hung ji: Tit Ma Lau
  • 1992 Sun lung moon hak chan
  • 1992 Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung
  • 1990 Sai hak chin
  • 1989 Wong ga si je ji IV: Jik gik jing yan
  • 1988 Dak ging to lung
  • 1986 Jiang shi pa pa
  • 1985 Ching fung dik sau
  • 1984 Siu taai gik
  • 1982 Qi men dun jia
  • 2004 Gin chap hak mooi gwai
  • 2003 Chin gei bin
  • 1999 Der Puma - Kämpfer mit Herz
  • 1998 Sun tong saan dai hing
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 2006 Lung fu moon
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Kung fu si fu
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng
  • 2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
As a director:
  • 2004 Gin chap hak mooi gwai
  • 2003 Chin gei bin
  • 1999 Der Puma - Kämpfer mit Herz
  • 1998 Sun tong saan dai hing
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 2006 Lung fu moon
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Kung fu si fu
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng
  • 2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
As a composer:
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng
  • 2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
As a producer:
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 2006 Lung fu moon
  • 1998 Sat sat yan, tiu tiu mo
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 2007 Dou fo sin
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Kung fu si fu
  • 1997 Chin long chuen suet
  • 1995 Jing wu men
  • 1994 Wing Chun
  • 2009 Shi yue wei cheng
  • 2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
Self:
  • 2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2002 The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'
  • 2001 Martial Arts: Kung Fu Fighter
  • 2001 Hong Kong Superstars
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance

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External links

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
14 Blades14 Blades

Gam Yee Wai

as Green Dragon

Year: 2010

Bodyguards and AssassinsBodyguards and Assassins

Shi Yue Wei Cheng

as Sum Chung-yang

Year: 2009

Painted SkinPainted Skin

Wa Pei

as Yong
/producer

Year: 2008

Grandmaster Yip ManGrandmaster Yip Man

Ip Man

as Ip Man

Year: 2008

Flash PointFlash Point

Dao Huo Xian

as Det. Sgt. Jun Ma

Year: 2007

Dragon Tiger GateDragon Tiger Gate

Lung Fu Moon

as Dragon Wong

Year: 2006

Kill Zone, S.P.L.Kill Zone, S.P.L.

Saat Po Long

as Insp. Ma Kwan

Year: 2005

Seven SwordsSeven Swords

Chat Gim

as Chu Zhao Nan

Year: 2005

Twins Effect, TheTwins Effect, The

Chin Gei Bin

director

Year: 2003

HeroHero

Ying Xiong

as Sky

Year: 2002

Iron MonkeyIron Monkey

Siu Nin Wong Fei Hung Ji Tit Ma Lau

as Wong Kei-Ying

Year: 1993

Once Upon a Time in China IIOnce Upon a Time in China II

Wong Fei Hung Ji Yi: Naam Yi Dong Ji Keung

as Lan

Year: 1992




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