Donnie Yen donates HKD1mil to aid Covid-19 front-line medics


Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale. photo: handout

Ip Man star Donnie Yen has donated HKD1mil (RM540,000) to Wuhan Charity Federation, a non-profit designated for dealing with funding for epidemic prevention and control in China.

The foundation will be channelling funds to help front-line medics fight the Covid-19 novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, which is the centre of the pandemic.

The 56-year-old movie star who hails from Guangzhou said he wished to pay tribute to the brave healthcare workers working tirelessly to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking Mandarin in a video, Yen thanked front-line medics and urged people to protect themselves by wearing a mask and washing their hands diligently. “Isolate the virus, but do not isolate love. Trust our country (China) to win this battle (against Covid-19).”

Yen is no stranger to charity work. In 2012, He and his wife Cissy Wang co-founded Go.Asia, an online charity platform to encourage participation in charitable activities, in particular for local communities.

His popular martial arts blockbuster Ip Man 4: The Finale, which was released here on December 20,2019 recently set a new record as the highest grossing Chinese movie in Malaysia with a box office collection of RM37mil.

Ip Man 4: The Finale also received nominations in nine categories from the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards, which usually takes place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in April 2020. The nominations are for best director (Wilson Yip), best new performer (Vanda Margraf), best cinematography (Cheng Siu Keung), best film editing (Cheung Ka Fai), best art direction (Kenneth Mak), best costume and make up design (Lee Pik Kwan), best action choreography (Yuen Wo Ping), best original film score (Kenji Kawaii), best sound design (George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Hin).

Yen's latest film Enter the Fat Dragon, a Hong Kong action comedy which hit Malaysian screens during the Chinese New Year, is still playing in local cinemas.

Some of his upcoming films slated for release in 2020 include Disney’s Mulan and Benny Chan’s action thriller Raging Fire.

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