A set of old pictures, when Donnie Yen met with Jet Li

Updated: May 30, 2016

In 1978, Donnie Yen’s mother sent Donnie Yen to a Martial Arts Team in Beijing Shichahai Sports School to receive a two-year training in that school. Donnie Yen was arranged to study under the master Wu Bin while Jet Li’s master was also Wu Bin, at that time, Donnie Yen and Jet Li had the first intersection of life, only nodded acquaintance.


The Master Wu Bin recalled:” when I first met Donnie Yen, I felt his physical fitness was good, but his grounding of Martial Arts was not good, his flexibility of the body was rather poor, however, he worked very hard, he was the only one still in practice after everyone else had left the martial arts hall.”


In 1992, Donnie Yen and Jet Li met again in Hong Kong on the set of the film ‘Once Upon a Time in China II’, both of them were the actor of this film. At that time, Jet Li had been a famous Kung Fu star but Donnie Yen was only a second-line film actor.


After ten years, the famous Chinese director Yimou Zhang invited Jet Li back from Hollywood to shoot the film ‘Hero’. In order to guarantee the perfect motion effects of the films, in the selection of the role “Long Sky” (an accomplished spearman, Sky is the first to be "defeated" by Nameless, who takes Sky's broken spear as proof of his defeat to the king, he is the least-seen assassin) in the film, the action director Siu-Tung Ching introduced Donnie Yen, when he asked Jet Li’s advice, Li agreed without hesitation. Then, the two people Jet Li and Donnie Yen work as a team again. Donnie Yen told the media that he thanked Jet Li very much for giving him such a rare opportunity to play in this blockbuster film.


Since then, the two men did not cooperate again, in 2009, in the China Huabiao Film Awards, as a award presenter, Jet Li presented the award for Donnie Yen, although there was no verbal communication between the two people and the embrace also looked stylized, when they shaking hand with each other, it also broke rumors of discord.


Look at the photo, the relation between of Donnie Yen and Jet Li was quite good, Jet Li was in a mood for speaking and Donnie Yen was also listening attentively.


In July last year, Jet Li and Donnie Yen met in Shanghai Charity night's banquet. The two people drank and chatted, very close.


They are the heroes on the screen, but they are also the mortal in life, maybe they have anything special, but they are also very normal, hope they can have a lasting friendship, and also hope they can have more classic movies in the future.




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