Donnie Yen is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent actors and one of its most recognisable faces when it comes to action and martial arts movies. The Tatler Asia’s Most Influential honouree is also widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into mainstream Asian movies, thanks to working on the choreography for many films in the early 2000s.
Yen’s international popularity exploded when he appeared in Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off film and now is set to star opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4. Ahead of its highly-anticipated release, we break down some of Yen’s best movies that you need to watch—or rewatch—if you haven’t.
Tiger Cage (1988)
Tiger Cage tells the story of a team of cops who raided a drug operation. They soon discover that a few members of the police force are working together with an American crime syndicate to traffic drugs. At the same time, the drug traffickers they raided vow revenge so what ensues is a cat and mouse game of who gets to who first.
Due to the film’s success—earning more than HK$11,000,000 at the box office—a sequel was released two years later featuring a new storyline. Donnie Yen returned for the sequel but in a different role.