Mandarin Films to produce martial arts film
Ip Man 2” is skedded for a June start, with principal photography expected to last until October. The sequel will cost upward of HK$40 million ($5.1 million) with helmer Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen (“Shanghai Knights”) returning. Mandarin Films is aiming for a release towards the end of 2010. Pic continues the story of martial- arts expert Ip Man’s escape from Japanese occupied China into Hong Kong. The first pic has done exceptionally well at the local box office, grossing $2.8 million in its three weeks of release in Hong Kong. The film has also been cleaning up in regional charts, taking over $1.65 million in Singapore and some $9.9 million in Mainland China. The film has chalked up its first European sale to U.K. distributor Showbox.