Having faced off against John Wick and surviving the encounter, Donnie Yen is now achieving another extraordinary accomplishment: bringing Ip Man 5 back to life.
At the Cannes Film Festival, action star Donnie Yen and Mandarin Motion Pictures, a film studio from Hong Kong, shared news about three upcoming movies starring Yen. These films are “Misjudgement,” a brand new movie, “Flashpoint: Resurgence,” a sequel to a cop drama from 2007, and “Ip Man 5.” However, there is no confirmed release date for any of these films yet.
Of the three movies mentioned, “Ip Man” is the most shocking news. It’s an unexpected addition to Yen’s popular series, which is based on the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man, who was Bruce Lee’s Master. Yen had previously retired from portraying the character after “Ip Man 4: The Finale” in 2019, which concluded with Ip Man’s demise from cancer in 1972.
Details about “Ip Man 5” remain scarce, but Yen and the studio have confirmed its existence by sharing a poster on social media. The poster depicts a training dummy encircled by unidentified individuals who appear to be knocked out, with various swords and blades strewn about. Notably, Yen is absent from the poster, and he did not provide any additional information or caption apart from tagging the studio and including relevant hashtags.
What will happen in IP Man 5?
We don’t know much about the plot of “Ip Man 5” or how much Donnie Yen will be in it. Even though Yen proved his action abilities in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” it’s unclear if he will be the main star or have a smaller role in the film. The series ended before, and Yen wants to move on, so it’s uncertain how much he will be featured in “Ip Man 5.”
Regarding the potential storyline of “Ip Man 5,” there are a few possibilities. “Ip Man 5” could explore a lesser-known part of Ip Man’s life or be a prequel set in the past, showing how the Wing Chun fighting style started. There’s also a possibility of a supernatural story where Ip Man comes back from the dead, although it may seem a bit silly. This film series has included unexpected things before, like Mike Tyson playing a landlord and Ip Man fighting teenagers in an American high school.
Even though Donnie Yen could have chosen to make more Hollywood movies after “John Wick: Chapter 4,” his involvement in “Ip Man 5” reveals that he is not afraid to revisit the place where his popularity initially started.
There is no release date for Ip Man 5.