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Filming starts on sequel about kung fu master

CHINESE filmmakers have begun shooting the sequel to the hit biopic about Bruce Lee's kung fu master, Ip Man.

Director Wilson Yip, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and other cast members attended a traditional Chinese ceremony on Monday honoring Ip in his southern hometown, Foshan in Guangdong Province, to mark the beginning of the shoot, Hong Kong production company Mandarin Films said in a statement received yesterday.

"Ip Man," which was released last December, was named best film at the Hong Kong Film Awards in April. It made 120 million yuan (US$18 million) on the Chinese mainland and another HK$25 million (US$3.2 million) in Hong Kong.

Ip trained in the wing chun style of kung fu, which traces its roots to a monk from the famed Shaolin Temple.

In the 1940s, he left for Hong Kong. Once there, he taught kung fu to restaurant workers but broadened his reach to hundreds of students, including Lee, before dying in 1972.

"Ip Man" ends with his departure for Hong Kong. The 100-million-yuan sequel, which will be released in the summer of 2010, focuses on his life in Hong Kong.

Lee will be played by the 10-year-old Chinese actor Jiang Daiyan. Most of the film will be shot in Shanghai.


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