Donnie Yen Makes His Mark on Hollywood

The Hong Kong star will appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this month.


Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen Ji-dan has finally gotten recognition in a place where until recently he has not actively sought recognition — Hollywood.

Yen, who appears in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, followed Jackie Chan, as he seems to do in most things, in adding his hand and footprints outside of TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Yen, 53, who lived in the United States for a time while growing up, has focused largely on first Cantonese and now Mandarin-language films, although he’s about to get two major Hollywood turns: Rogue One and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, where he will play the lead villain to Vin Diesel’s eponymous hero.

He is best known for the Ip Man trilogy, and is considered the best overall martial artist in Asian cinema. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once said that he thought Yen would beat him in a real fight — Yen fractured Tyson’s finger while filming a scene for Ip Man 3.