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Wilson Yip or Yip Wai-Shun (Chinese: 葉偉信; born 1963) is a Hong Kong actor, filmmaker and screenwriter. His films include Bio Zombie, The White Dragon, SPL: Sha Po Lang, Dragon Tiger Gate, Flash Point and the Ip Man trilogy.
|Chinese name||葉偉信 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||叶伟信 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Yé Wěixìn (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||jip6 wai2 seon3 (Cantonese)|
23 October 1963|
|Occupation||actor, director, screenwriter|
A film buff at an early age, Yip went to the cinema whenever he could and often wrote reviews on the backs of ticket stubs. He entered the movie business in the 1980s, starting out as a "gofer" and working his way up to assistant director.
His next effort, Daze Reaper, was a Category III exploitation film, based on a true-crime story about a prison guard who turns to crime. Next was Mongkok Story, an exploitive story in the vein of Young and Dangerous, and another horror trilogy, Midnight Zone, about urban myths. He also turned to comedy with Teaching Sucks, about two Hong Kong teachers played by Anthony Wong and Jan Lam.
In 1998 Wilson co-wrote and directed his biggest cult hit at the time, Bio Zombie, which was influenced by Dawn of the Dead and takes place in a shopping mall, where a small group of misfits bands together in order to survive.
Yip next directed the 1999 crime-drama Bullets Over Summer, starring Francis Ng and Louis Koo as two detectives hunting a gang of deadly criminals who have to use a demented elderly woman's (Helena Law Lan) apartment for surveillance. The biggest-budget film of his career up to then, he considers Bullets Over Summer his "turning point". He shared a best-screenplay award at the 2000 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for the film.
In 2000 he was picked by Golden Harvest to direct Skyline Cruisers, a big-budget action film. Yip did not get along with the cast and clashed with the studio's management over creative differences.
Other films include the science-fiction-action story 2002, and the romantic comedies, Dry Wood, Fierce Fire (with Miriam Yeung and Louis Koo) and Leaving Me, Loving You (with Leon Lai and Faye Wong). In 2004, Yip also directed his first wuxia style film, The White Dragon, starring Cecilia Cheung and Francis Ng.
Films with Donnie YenEdit
In 2005, Yip directed his most critically acclaimed film, SPL: Sha Po Lang. A gritty return to the 1980s style of Hong Kong action cinema, SPL starred Simon Yam and Donnie Yen as Hong Kong police officers trying to pin a crime on an unstoppable gangster, portrayed by Sammo Hung.
In 2006, Yip re-teamed with Yen for an adaptation of a Hong Kong manga, Dragon Tiger Gate. In 2007 Yip released Flash Point, another martial-arts crime drama in the same vein as SPL. The film starred Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, and Collin Chou.
Yen and Yip's latest collaboration as actor and director, Ip Man, is a semi-biographical account of Ip Man, the first martial arts master (Chinese: Sifu) to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun openly. It also featured fight choreography by Sammo Hung. The film was released in December 2008 and immediately shot to number one on its opening week in Hong Kong, earning over HK$2.8 million in three weeks.
Ip Man 2, which is produced by Raymond Wong, picks up on Yip Man's life after his migration to Hong Kong where he took on his most famous disciple, Bruce Lee. The film was released 29 April 2010.
In 2014, it was announced that Yip and Yen would reunite for a third Ip Man film, to start filming in early 2015 for release later in the year. The film will be presented in theatres in 3D format for the first time in the franchise.
|1999||Bullets Over Summer|
|Juliet in Love||Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director|
|2001||United We Stand and Swim|
|2002||The Mummy, Aged 19|
|Dry Wood, Fierce Fire|
|2004||Leaving Me, Loving You|
|The White Dragon|
|2005||SPL: Sha Po Lang|
|2006||Dragon Tiger Gate|
|2008||Ip Man||Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director|
|2010||Ip Man 2||Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director|
|2011||A Chinese Ghost Story|
|2011||Magic to Win|
|2015||Triumph in the Skies|
|2015||Ip Man 3|
|2018||Ip Man 4|
- Bio Zombie (1998)
- Baau lit ying ging (Bullets Over Summer) (1999)
- Jue lai yip yue leung saan ang (Juliet in Love) (2000)
- Gon chaai lit feng (Dry Wood, Fierce Fire) (2001)
- Dai sing siu si (Leaving Me, Loving You) (2004)
- The White Dragon (2004)
- SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)
- Ip Man (2013)
- Wong gok fung wan (Mongkok Story) (1996)
- Hui zhuan shou shi (Midnight Zone) (1997)
- Huo xing gui ji (Among the Stars) (2000)
- Sui jeuk fun ji (United We Stand and Swim) (2001)
- You Shoot, I Shoot (2001)
- Zouhou qiang (Runaway Pistol) (2002)
- Happy Family (2002)
- Love Undercover (2002)
- The Eye (2002)
- Chuet sai hiu B (Mighty Baby) (2002)
- Obake yashiki (2002)
- Tai yang wu zhi (2003)