Why Donnie Yen in John Wick 4 will be super awesome
If you are a fan of action movies, you must know the famous martial arts actor, Donnie Yen. Think of him as a more serious Jackie Chan, you know, without the over-the-top comedic vibe. By the way, do you all remember when these two icons of martial artists got started? Sure, Jackie Chan went about it with his usual comedic use of his surroundings, but as usual, it helped him win. Come on, who doesn’t love Jackie Chan?
Just watch the 2003 martial arts action comedy film Shanghai Knights. It was then that Jackie Chan was a partner of Owen Wilson. A pretty unlikely partner, but remember, it was an action movie and Owen Wilson wasn’t a great fighter in the movie. Honestly, he didn’t have to be, because he had Jackie Chan by his side. And in an unusual casting choice, Donnie Yen played the secondary antagonist, Wu Chow. Granted, that’s when he was just starting to break into Hollywood, but I’m used to seeing him as the hero.
Donnie Yen’s time in Shanghai Knights was short, but damn his fight scene with Jackie Chan was awesome. Obviously, the two martial artists launched their fancy moves, but the movie raised the bar by putting a Gatling gun between them. As the villainous Wu Chow tried to move and shoot the gatling gun at the same time, Jackie Chan’s character was constantly trying to get around him. It sounds like something no one can achieve, but this is Jackie Chan we’re talking about. Their epic and creative fight came to an end when the character of Jackie Chan killed Wu Chow with a rocket. Our boy Donnie Yen exploded. But hey, there’s no shame in losing against the great Jackie Chan.
Now we should be wondering if Jackie Chan still has it, because he delivers the action like no other. If you’ve seen the 2017 action movie, The Foreigner, you know it can still afford it. Granted, this movie was a more serious action flick that strayed from its over-the-top Jackie Chan action style, but it still showed an impressive physique for a man his age. Do you know who else can get away with it? A guy named Keanu Reeves.
The man showed off his physical talents in The Matrix, and yes, there was a lot of wiring involved. However, take a look at his work in the John Wick Trilogy and you’ll see that’s it. Seriously, he was trained as a legitimate stuntman and spent many hours training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo. And let’s face it, it’s not a spring chicken, but that doesn’t stop it from moving like a BJJ black belt. Quite impressive for a man his age, as is Jackie Chan.
Speaking of which, it looks like John Wick 4 will include another famous action star. No, it’s not Jackie Chan. But hey, who’s to say he’ll never make an appearance in a future sequel? The action star I’m talking about is a man who lost to Jackie Chan in one of his films, the equally iconic Donnie Yen. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This is very exciting news, but Donnie Yen’s participation is particularly impressive.
If you’re really unfamiliar with Donnie Yen, he’s one of the best acting stars in Hong Kong. His most popular role by far is the famous Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man from the 2008 action movie. Yes, he played Bruce Lee’s first and most famous instructor from 2008 to 2019. For his most famous role Recurring, he faced younger and more physically imposing men while emphasizing the importance of respecting traditional martial arts. However, his use of Wing Chun was not his only skill, as evidenced by his other films.
Want another example? How about a better-known movie where he played a blind martial artist armed only with a bo stick? He used it against squads of Stormtroopers firing laser pistols at him. You ask me, he was one of the coolest things about Rogue One. That’s right, Donnie Yen is part of the Star Wars universe and that’s awesome. And now he can add another popular action franchise to his resume.
What will be the difference? Well, according to reports, Donnie Yen won’t play a rival to John Wick, but an old ally. This probably means that John Wick will ask him for help fighting off the members of the High Table, because they have a story. Donnie Yen’s character will likely only be a former assassin who worked with John Wick and one of his many contacts. I mean, pretty much everyone knows who John Wick is at this point.
The difference between Donnie Yen and John Wick’s other allies is simple: it’s Donnie Yen. Take the other actors who have fought with or against John Wick, such as Willem Dafoe and Common, and just try to compare their martial arts experience with that of Donnie Yen. You can not. You really can’t, because man has trained in many martial arts.
In addition to having top-level belts in Brazilian Taekwondo, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, he has also won gold medals in Wushu. And of course, he also has extensive training in Wing Chun (after all, he’s a fictional Ip Man), as well as Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, and wrestling. While Keanu Reeves and most of John Wick’s other cast members had to practice before he started filming, Donnie Yen has been training martial arts since he was young. It certainly counts for something.
The only question is, what kind of action can we expect from him in John Wick 4? Honestly, I would say any genre. We have seen him do all kinds of fancy techniques of several arts. Give him a weapon and he can knock you out in several ways. Pull the weapon out and he’ll give you a whimsical kick or quick choke to fall asleep. If he fights with John Wick, then he will become the ultimate ally. I can not wait to see it.