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Donnie Yen


Biography Early Life Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts. There, Master Bow-sim Mark became a pioneer for Chinese... See full bio »

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Known For

Yip Man
Yip Man Ip Man
(2008)
Rogue One
Rogue One Chirrut Îmwe
(2016)
Blade II
Blade II Snowman
(2002)
Ip Man 2
Ip Man 2 Ip Man
(2010)

Filmography

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 2018 Sleeping Dogs (announced)
Wei Shen
 2018 Iceman 2 (post-production)
Ho Ying
 2016 Rogue One
Chirrut Îmwe
 2015 Yip Man 3
Ip Man
 2015 Fau wa yin
Band Member
 2014 Nature Is Speaking (TV Series short)
Shanhu Jiao / Saan Wu Ziu
- Coral Reef (2014) ... Shanhu Jiao / Saan Wu Ziu (Mandarin, Cantonese version, voice)
 2014 Yi ge ren de wu lin
Hahou Mo
 2013 Te shu shen fen
Chan Chi-Lung / Dragon
 2013 Soi yat hei
Mr. Cool
 2012 Baat seng bou hei
Carl Tam
 2011 Ji keung hei si 2011
Arnold Cheng
 2010 Ip Man 2
Ip Man
 2010 Jin yi wei
Qinglong
 2009 Jian guo da ye
Tian Han
 2009 Ga yau hei si 2009
Wedding guest
 2008 Yip Man
Ip Man
 2008 Hua pi
Pang Yong
 2007 Dou fo sin
Ma
 2006 Lung Fu Moon
Dragon Wong
 2005 Qi jian
Chu Zhaonan
 2004 Chin gei bin 2: Fa tou tai kam
General Lone
 2004 Luen Ching Go Gup
Victor Tsui
 2002 Ying xiong
Sky
 2002 Blade II
Snowman
 1999 Hei se cheng shi
Ozone
 1998 Sun Tong San Tai Hing
Tong Shan
 1998 Sat Sat Yan, Tiu Tiu Mo
Cat Lee
 1997 Chin Long Chuen Suet
Fung Man-Hin
 1997 Hak Mui Gwai yee git gam lan
Boxing School Owner
 1996 666: Mo gui fu huo
Mo Ti Nam
 1995 Dou sing 2: Kai tau dou sing
Lone Seven
 1994 Ah sau ging gat: Si gou aat sin
Chiang Ho-Wa
 1994 Ma hei siu chi
Danton Lee (as Yin Sze Dan)
 1994 Wing Chun
Leung Pok To (as Yen Chi Tan)
 1994 Hung Hei Gun (TV Series)
Hung Hei-Kwun (1994)
 1993 Xin liu xing hu die jian
Yip Cheung
 1992 Sun lung moon hak chan
Eunuch Tsao Siu Yan
 1992 Revenge of the Cheetah
Ronald
 1991 The Holy Virgin vs. the Evil Dead
Shiang Chi-Fei
 1991 Kon Tam Kwan Ying (TV Series)
Wong Wai-Sek (1991)
 1991 Ming Wan Mai Kung (TV Series)
Chung Ka-Jun (1991)
 1991 No foh wai lung
Chin Chi Leung
 1990 Sai hak chin
Dragon Yau
 1989 Fei Fu Kwan Ying (TV Series)
Cheung Ho Nam (1989)
 1989 Wong Ka Si Sei IV: Sik Gik Sing Yan
Officer Donny Yan
 1989 Mo Min Kap Sin Fung (TV Series)
Tse Kwok-Tung (1989)
 1988 Dak ging to lung
Terry
 1988 Ying ging boon sik (TV Movie)
Dick Kwan
 1985 Ching fung dik sau
Eddie
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Alternate Names:

Donnie Yen Ji Dan | Yan Che Dan | Yen Ji Dan | Yin Sze Dan | Chirrut Imwe | Donnie Yen Chi Tan | Yen Chi Tan | Chi-Tan Yen | Ji-Dan Yen | Zidan Zhen | Zhen Zidan

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(On the difference of working as action director in Hong Kong and Hollywood) I think it's a difference between the way action is treated in Hong Kong and in Hollywood. In Hong Kong, my job is to "direct" the action, and when I'm shooting the fight sequences, I take over the set. I choose the camera angles and see how the drama intercuts with the action. In Hollywood, you "choreograph" working ... See more »

Trivia:

Newborn son (2007) named James W. Yen. See more »

Trademark:

Prefers to work with real martial artists in his films. His collaborations range from well-established practitioners such as Jet Li, Collin Chou, Jing Wu, Xing Yu, and Siu-Wong Fan to experienced fighters like John Salvitti, Michael Woods and Cung Le. See more »

Nickname:

Dan Yeh

Star Sign:

Leo

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