Donnie Yen, star of popular kung fu franchise Ip Man just made an announcement that Ip Man 4 will be his final kung fu film.

The 56-year-old martial artist said that he has to keep exploring to grow and he hopes that Ip Man can be written on a valuable page in Chinese film history. Yen will continue his journey as an actor.

Ip Man 4: The Finale would be Yen’s last kung fu film.

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Ip Man 4: The Finale is the highly anticipated fourth instalment of the hit popular franchise and it will be released in theatres on 20 December, about 10 years from the first Ip Man film.

Yen shared that as an actor and filmmaker he had made so many movies, some were loved and some weren’t. He filmed a number of kung fu films about the same on this challenging road.

He added that as an actor, one must keep going forward and this is something that he must do in life, he must keep exploring to grow.

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Yen said that this is the meaning of life and he is grateful that Ip Man 4: The Finale is his final kung fu movie.

The Ip Man star was speaking in Beijing this week at a press conference to promote the film with co-stars Wu Yue, Chris Collins, and Danny Chan, and producer Raymond Wong.

He said he was very proud of the Ip Man franchise for maintaining its quality and popularity.

He added that usually a movie series does not have more than two sequels because things go downhill by the third film. However, the first three Ip Man films were loved by many and he is sure that people will not be disappointed this time either.

The 56-year-old actor left an impression on the next generation of kung fu actors.

Chan, who plays Bruce Lee, an apprentice of Ip Man in the film said that as soon as Donnie arrives on set, everyone will quiet down to show their respect as an apprentice would. /TISG

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