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Donnie Yen Chi Tan

 
 
 
 
Other names : 甄子丹
Yan Chi Tan
Yen Chi Ten
Donnie Yen
Yen Ji Dan
Yin Sze Dan
Zhēn Zǐdān
 
Birthdate : 27/7/1963
Nationality : China, Hong Kong, USA
Workplace : Hong Kong, USA
Activities : Director (9), Producer (7), Action Director (30), Writer (1), Actor (59), Brief appearance (3), Stuntman (1)

Biography

Rising star Donnie Yen has been hailed as the fresh new face of martial arts. A long-time collaborator with Yuen Woo Ping, the Academy Award&Mac226; winning choreographer of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000), Yen’s martial arts performances are well-known for exhibiting an extremely high degree of complex skills.

Born in the Chinese province of Canton, Yen moved to Hong Kong at the age of two. He lived there until aged eleven and subsequently moved with his family to Boston, USA. He spent his early teenage years in New England, where his mother, a world famous Tai Chi master ran an internationally renowned martial arts studio and trained her son in the arts almost as soon as he could walk.

In his teens, Yen spent two years in Beijing training with the famed Beijing Martial Arts Team, studying under the same master as Jet Li. En route back to the U.S, Yen made a side trip to Hong Kong where he met Yuen Woo Ping, the action choreographer for action extravaganzas ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. Yuen, who launched the career of Jackie Chan in ‘Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow’ (1978) and ‘Drunken Master’ (1978), was looking for a new kung fu star. At once, Yuen was impressed by Donnie Yen’s extraordinary physical abilities and the two talents have collaborated on numerous projects including ‘Drunken Tai Chi’ (1984), ‘Tiger Cage’ (1988), ‘Once Upon a Time in China II’ (1992) and ‘Iron Monkey’ (1993).

Yen’s career has since flourished, starring opposite such esteemed martial arts stars as Jet Li (‘Once Upon a Time in China II’, 1992) and Michelle Yeoh (‘Butterfly And Sword’, 1993). Not content with simply appearing on screen, Yen is also an accomplished fight choreographer, credited in films including ‘Blade II’ (2002) and ‘Highlander : Endgame’ (2000). Yen has also turned to television to develop his directing skills. He starred in and directed the action for one of Hong Kong’s all time top rated shows ‘Fist of Fury’ (1995) a 30-part mini-series based on the classic Bruce Lee movie. Yen made his directing debut with ‘Legend of the Wolf’ (1997), followed shortly by ‘Ballistic Kiss’ (1998). ‘Ballistic Kiss’ earned Donnie Yen the Best Young Director Award at the Yubari Film Festival in Japan and was selected as one of the Best Films of 1998 by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society.
Branching out internationally, Donnie Yen has action-directed and starred in ‘The Princess Blade’ (2001), a contemporary sword film based on the Japanese Manga character, Shurayuki Hime. Yen also became the first Chinese film maker to be in creative control of a major German TV production, co-directing and action choreographing one of Germany’s highest rated shows, ‘Codename: Puma’ (1999, 2000).

Currently toast of the town with the US re-release of ‘Iron Monkey’ (2001), Donnie Yen was included in GQ Magazine’s list of the Hottest Action Stars, and was voted one of the Hottest People on the Planet by In Gear Magazine in January 2002.

He will next star opposite Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in ‘Shanghai Knights’, the sequel to the smash-hit comedy, ‘Shanghai Noon’ (2000).
 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1980 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Daai See 2014 Producer, Actor
 Dragon City 2014 Producer, Actor
 Iceman 3D 2014 Director, Action Director, Actor
 Last Of The Best 2014 Action Director, Actor
 Monkey King, The 2014 Action Director, Actor
 Special Id 2013 Producer, Action Director, Actor
 Together 2013 Actor
 Eight Happiness 2012 2012 Actor
 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 2011 Actor
 Lost Bladesman, The 2011 Action Director, Actor
 Wu Xia 2011 Action Director, Actor
 14 Blades 2010 Actor
 Ip Man 2 2010 Actor
 Legend Of The Fist : The Return Of Chen Zhen 2010 Action Director, Actor
 All's Well, Ends Well 2009 2009 Brief appearance
 Bodyguards And Assassins 2009 Action Director, Actor
 Founding Of A Republic, The 2009 Actor
 Empress And The Warriors, An 2008 Actor
 Ip Man 2008 Actor
 Painted Skin 2008 Actor
 Flash Point 2007 Producer, Action Director, Actor
 Dragon Tiger Gate 2006 Action Director, Actor
 Stormbreaker 2006 Action Director
 Seven Swords 2005 Actor
 Sha Po Lang 2005 Action Director, Actor
 Love On The Rocks 2004 Actor
 Protege De La Rose Noire 2004 Director
 Twins Effect 2, The 2004 Actor
 Shanghai Knights 2003 Actor
 Twins Effect, The 2003 Action Director
 Blade II 2002 Action Director, Actor
 Hero 2002 Actor
 Fist Of Fury : The Sequel 2001 Director, Action Director, Actor
 Princess Blade, The 2001 Action Director
 Code Puma 2000 Director, Producer, Action Director
 Highlander : Endgame 2000 Actor
 City Of Darkness 1999 Actor
 Code Puma 1999 Director, Action Director
 Ballistic Kiss 1998 Director, Producer, Action Director, Actor
 Shanghai Affairs 1998 Director, Action Director, Actor
 97 Legendary La Rose Noire 1997 Brief appearance
 Hero's legend in Shanghai, The 1997 Actor
 Legend Of The Wolf 1997 Director, Producer, Action Director, Writer, Actor
 Iron Monkey 2 1996 Actor
 Satan's Return 1996 Action Director, Actor
 Fist Of Fury 1995 Action Director, Actor
 Saint Of Gamblers, The 1995 Brief appearance
 Circus Kid 1994 Actor
 High Voltage 1994 Director, Action Director, Actor
 Kung Fu Master, The 1994 Action Director, Actor
 Revenge Of The Kung Fu Master 1994 Action Director, Actor
 Wing Chun 1994 Action Director, Actor
 Butterfly And Sword 1993 Actor
 Heroes Among Heroes 1993 Actor
 Iron Monkey 1993 Actor
 Top Fighter 1993 Actor
 Cheetah On Fire 1992 Actor
 Dragon Inn 1992 Actor
 Once Upon A Time In China II 1992 Actor
 Crystal Hunt 1991 Actor
 Holy Virgin Vs The Evil Dead 1990 Actor
 Tiger Cage 2 1990 Action Director, Actor
 In The Line Of Duty 4 1989 Action Director, Actor
 Last Conflict, The 1988 Actor
 Mo Min Kap Sin Fung 1988 Actor
 Tiger Cage 1988 Action Director, Actor
 Mismatched Couples 1985 Actor
 Drunken Tai Chi 1984 Actor
 Taoism Drunkard 1984 Stuntman
 

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Gallery
 
 Donnie Yen Chi Tan pictures :  (Hide)
Bodyguards And Assassins
The Founding Of A Republic
Ip Man
Seven Swords
Sha Po Lang
Love On The Rocks
The Twins Effect 2
Shanghai Knights
Hero
Ballistic Kiss
Shanghai Affairs
Legend Of The Wolf
Legend Of The Wolf
Iron Monkey 2
Satan's Return
Wing Chun
Heroes Among Heroes
Heroes Among Heroes
Heroes Among Heroes
Iron Monkey
Dragon Inn
Once Upon A Time In China II
Crystal Hunt
Crystal Hunt
Tiger Cage 2
In The Line Of Duty 4
Tiger Cage
Tiger Cage
Mismatched Couples
Drunken Tai Chi
An Empress And The Warriors
Dragon Tiger Gate
Dragon Tiger Gate
Seven Swords
Seven Swords
The Twins Effect 2
 
 Other Donnie Yen Chi Tan pictures :  (Hide)
The Monkey King (2)
Special Id (5)
Wu Xia (1)
14 Blades (3)
Ip Man 2 (5)
Legend Of The Fist : The Return Of Chen Zhen (5)
Bodyguards And Assassins (1)
An Empress And The Warriors (3)
Ip Man (27)
Painted Skin (2)
 
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 Yuen Clan : father and sons (preview)
HK talents > Actors > Other actors and actresses
Author(s) : Pieter Klein, Yves Gendron
Date : 1/11/2005
Type(s) : Information
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 Choice of weapons: Tsui Hark's Seven Swords (preview)
HK talents > Film directors > Tsui Hark
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 26/10/2005
Type(s) : Interview, Food for thought
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