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Experts Roundup: The Rise of Donnie Yen

In the first of this new, topical series from Budomate Magazine, I joined a range of guests to analyse why action star Donnie Yen didn’t immediately catch popularity with the Blade and Highlander movies of the 90s, and whether his mainstream appeal will impact on future work. I said: “Those of us who’ve been watching Donnie Yen for years, mainly in his Hong Kong work, already know he is super talented. We’ve seen his best stuff. Eastern stars picking up small …

Donnie Yen Continues The Evolution in Dragon

Peter Chan’s Martial Arts themed action thriller proves there’s not just plenty of life remaining in the genre, but long established star Donnie Yen is more than willing to tackle a mature and edgier concept in his films! Of course, this isn’t new information for fans who’ve watched him obliterate villains and lay on the drama (in equal measure) in favourites like S.P.L, Ip Man 1 & 2 and Legend of the Fist. But still, it’s a great reminder. Some …

Ip Man: Final Battle – Interview with Leo Au-Yeung

Leo Au-Yeung is a Martial Arts instructor with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies: Wilson Yip’s Ip Man, Herman Yau’s prequel, Ip Man: The Legend is Born and now the forthcoming Ip Man: Final Battle. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo subsequently travelled to the UK in order to study at University. As a keen and heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train …

Action Overture: Interview with Alan Mak

Born in 1968 in Hong Kong, Alan Mak is a writer, director and producer best known as one of the team who penned and directed the popular Infernal Affairs trilogy. Gaining huge credibility all over the world, he went on to write and direct crime-drama, Overheard, and Martial Arts epic, The Lost Bladesman. Yet despite these recent successes, his career in the business dates back much further and can be traced through his humble beginnings watching afternoon film screenings at …

When Twisters Strike: Interview with Darren Shahlavi – Jade Screen

Darren Shahlavi is a British Martial Arts star widely known to avid genre fans around the world. With a versatile range of work and memorable characters to his name, he has single-handedly dominated the screen as both a hero and a villain, battling on-screen opponents from the East and West. Having started his training at the age of seven, this child of the movies began his career working in Hong Kong before moving into action films and major blockbusters in …

Interview with Action Director, Leo Au-Yeung – Jade Screen

Leo Au-Yeung is a renowned Wing Chun Master with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo later travelled to the UK to study at University. As a heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train under some of the best instructors in the world today. It was through his connections and impressive teaching abilities he was invited to assist …

Interview with Leo Au-Yeung – Hong Kong Cinemagic

Leo Au-Yeung is a martial arts master with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies: Wilson Yip’s Ip Man and Herman Yau’s Ip Man: The Legend is Born. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo subsequently travelled to the UK in order to study at University. As a keen and heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train under some of the most prolific instructors in …

Beardy Strikes Back! The Return of Leung Kar-Yan – Jade Screen

With an identifiably warm persona, a friendly, approachable look and graceful fighting style, Hong Kong actor Leung Kar Yan was not a typical martial arts star by any standard. Playing against the traditional leading male stereotype, he appeared in some of the most highly regarding kung fu movies of the 1970s and 80s, collaborating with Hong Kong’s best loved filmmakers. Sporting a tall athletic frame and trademark mane of thick, untamed hair, Leung came to be known as ‘Beardy’, a nickname passed to him by western …

Copywriting for Film Industry Professionals

What you see is what you’re buying. Quality content and design is essential for anyone looking to promote themselves well. This is true for companies, freelancers or anyone else. Whether you work as a filmmaker, producer, actor or stunt performer, your CV and website needs to reflect the quality of work you push yourself so hard to achieve. It needs to match the work you put out there and sell yourself in the best possible light. Where’s the value in …

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