A Yen for Your Thoughts

Prestige Hong Kong - - UNDERCOVER -

You know when Don­nie Yen rocks up to a shoot, be­cause all chat­ter dies down and the sea breeze seems to pause for a sec­ond, be­com­ing redo­lent with an­tic­i­pa­tion. He’s Ip Man, man – and in Hong Kong we all know who that is. When the shoot gets un­der way, var­i­ous boxes have to be ticked. Han­dlers and brand agents run from one end of the su­pery­acht to the other, breath­lessly re­mind­ing shoot­ing staff of dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments and time lim­its. Upon spot­ting one such prompt­ing, Yen says, with­out break­ing his photo smize for a sec­ond, “We’re pros, it’s OK. This is fun.” The mar­tial-arts mas­ter is as gen­er­ous with his time as he’s ef­fi­cient with it. A long chat fol­lows the pho­to­graphs dur­ing which, re­fresh­ingly, no topic is off lim­its. With cham­pagne and canapes served up along the way, this is one cover shoot (turn to page 108) that’s as fun as it’s seam­less.

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