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Donnie Yen

Highest Rated:   95% Hero (2004)
Lowest Rated:   11% Highlander: Endgame (2000)
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Birthplace:   Canton, China
A sharp-skilled martial artist who has gone on to a successful career as a director and choreographer, Donnie Yen has found success in both his homeland China and in the hustle and bustle of Tinsletown. Working on projects ranging from the traditional Chinese martial-arts period piece Once Upon a Time in China II (1992) to the bone-crunching science fiction-vampire opus Blade II, Yen has distinguished himself as a formidable figure in the ranks of action cinema. Born in Canton, China, in July 1963, Yen's family moved to Hong Kong when Yen was two, again relocating to Boston, MA, when he was 11. It was in Boston that his mother, Bow Sim-Mark, a famous Wushu and Tai Chi master, ran the internationally famous Chinese Wushu Research Institute. A musically inclined youngster who excelled at the piano, Yen was educated by his mother in the martial arts from the moment he took his first steps. An addiction to Hong Kong cinema only fueled the energetic teenager's love for martial arts, and Yen would frequently find himself emulating the awe-inspiring moves of such film legends as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Worried that Yen spent a little too much of his time in Boston's notorious Combat Zone, his concerned parents sent him to Beijing on a two-year training program with the Beijing Wushu Team. Studying alongside such future stars as Jet Li, Yen began to build the confidence and self-discipline to become a Wushu master; he also made history as the first non-PRC Chinese to be accepted to the school. Fate intervened at a pit stop in Hong Kong en route back to his home in Boston, and Yen's chance meeting with legendary filmmaker/choreographer/action director Yuen Woo-Ping served as the inspiration Yen was seeking to break into the film industry. After appearing in minor roles in such 1980s Woo-Ping films as Tai Chi Master (1984) and Tiger Cage (1988), Yen received his breakout role in director Tsui Hark's massively popular Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). Cast opposite peer Jet Li, the duo engaged in a pair of fight scenes that would rank among the most inventive and exhilarating in martial arts film history. Even opposite such formidable talent as Li, Yen's creative fighting skills were so effective that he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 1992 Hong Kong Film Awards. Later turning to the small screen to perfect his cinematic fighting skills and sharpen his abilities as a director, Yen began to earn a reputation as a director of unparalleled focus who was always able to deliver in even the most discouraging film shoots. Aiming to create films that would not only thrill, but stir the emotions deep within an audience, Yen made his feature directorial debut with 1997's Legend of the Wolf. Drawing from his choreography experiences on such films as Iron Monkey (1993) and Wing Chun (1994) and combining them with his experience as a filmmaker, Yen made little impact at the Hong Kong box office with Legend of the Wolf, though the upbeat filmmaker would continue to refine his skills both at home and abroad. Subsequent efforts such as Ballistic Kiss (1998) and City of Darkness (1999) found Yen entering John Woo territory in terms of cinematic style, and prominent appearances in such popular American films as Highlander: Endgame (2000) and Blade II (2002) (both of which found Yen serving double-duty as fight choreographer in addition to acting) found his audience expanding and his skills as a choreographer in increasing demand.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Chasing the Dragon
  • Crippled Ho
2017
44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  • Xiang
$44.9M 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Chirrut Imwe
$532.2M 2016
19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
  • Silent Wolf
2016
78% Ip Man 3
  • IP Man
2016
72% Kung Fu Killer
  • Hahou Mo
$88.5k 2015
20% Iceman
  • Ho Ying
  • Producer
2014
64% 14 Blades
  • General Qinlong
2014
44% Special ID
  • Producer
  • Zilong "Dragon" Chen
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet The Monkey King (Da nao tian gong)
  • Sun Wukong
2014
No Score Yet Soi Yat Hei (Together)
  • Mr. Cool
2013
84% Wu xia (Dragon)
  • Liu Jin-xi
$11.6k 2012
No Score Yet All's Well Ends Well 2012
  • Carl
2012
No Score Yet All's Well Ends Well 2011
  • Keung
$48.1k 2012
48% Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
  • Chen Zhen
  • Director
$48.9k 2011
92% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
  • Ip Man
$0.1M 2011
57% The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang)
  • Guan Yu
2011
No Score Yet Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)
  • Sum Chung-yang
2010
84% Ip Man
  • Ip Man
2010
No Score Yet Wa Pei (Painted Skin)
  • Pang Yong
2008
No Score Yet Kong saan mei yan (An Empress and the Warriors) (The Kingdom and the Beauty)
  • Muyong Xuehu
2008
40% Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal)
  • Jun
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Dragon Tiger Gate
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Wang Xiao Long
2006
25% Chat gim (The Seven Swords)
  • Chu Zaonan
2005
No Score Yet Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone)
  • Ma
2005
No Score Yet Shaolin Vs Devil's Omen (666 Mo gwai fuk wut) (Shaolin vs. The Evil Dead) (Satan's Return)
  • Mo
2004
95% Hero
  • Long Sky
$53.6M 2004
No Score Yet Chin gei bin 2: Fa tou tai kam (Blade of Kings)
  • Hidden Dragon
2004
No Score Yet Gin chap hak mooi gwai (Black Rose Academy)
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Vampire Effect (Chin gei bin) (The Twins Effect)
  • Director
2003
66% Shanghai Knights
  • Wu Chow
$60.5M 2003
57% Blade II
  • Snowman
$82M 2002
90% Iron Monkey
  • Wong Kei Ying
$14.3M 2001
11% Highlander: Endgame
  • Jin Ke
2000
No Score Yet Shanghai Affairs
  • Director
  • Tong Shan
1998
No Score Yet Ballistic Kiss
  • Cat
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Legend of the Wolf
  • Fung Man-hin
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Jie tou sha shou (Iron Monkey 2)
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Fist of Fury
  • Chen Jun
1995
No Score Yet Revenge of the Kung Fu Master
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Ma hei siu ji (Circus Kid)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Wing Chun
  • Leung Pok To
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Butterfly and Sword
  • Yip Cheung
1993
No Score Yet So Hak-Yi (Fist of the Red Dragon) (Heroes Among Heroes)
  • Beggar So Chan
1993
No Score Yet Cheetah on Fire
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Fist of the Red Dragon
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Crystal Hunt (No foh wai lung)
  • Leung
1992
93% Once Upon A Time In China II
  • Commander Lan
1992
No Score Yet Tiger Cage 2
  • Alan
1990
No Score Yet The Holy Virgin Versus the Evil Dead (Moh sun gip)
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty 4
  • Captain Donnie Yan
1989
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty IV
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Tiger Cage
  • Donnie Yen
1988
No Score Yet Mismatched Couples (Ching fung dik sau)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Drunken Tai Chi (Siu taai gik)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Drunken Tai-Chi
  • Actor
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016

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