->''"When you watch my films, you're feeling my heart."''
-->-- '''Donnie Yen''' about his film style.

Donnie Yen (born Yen Ji-Dan, 27 July 1963) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and world wushu tournament medalist. Apart from being a well-known film and television actor in Hong Kong, Yen has also gained international recognition for appearing in many films together with other prominent and internationally-known actors such as Creator/JackieChan, Creator/JetLi and Creator/MichelleYeoh.

At a young age, under influence from his mother, Yen developed an interest in martial arts and began experimenting with various styles, especially wushu, which got him in a two-year training program with the Beijing Wushu Team. In his return to United States, he made a side-trip to Hong Kong and met action choreographer Creator/YuenWooPing there, becoming a stunt double and later actor. His first leading role, 1984's, ''Drunken Tai Chi'' got him noticed by big studios in Hong Kong, although his big breakthrough would come in 1992 with playing a baddie in the box office hit ''Once Upon a Time in China II'', opposing his long time friend Jet Li. He also starred in cult classic ''The Iron Monkey''. While still having a moderate film career at that point, Yen fared better in TV, starring in over 5 series, his more well known shows were ''The Kung Fu Master'', where he played Hung Hei-gun, a major influential figure of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, and ''Film/FistOfFury'', a 30 episode adaptation of the Creator/BruceLee classic, as Yen is a big Bruce Lee fan.

His film career would be revived after the international success of 2002's ''Hero'', where he would cross fists with Jet Li. However, after making well received films such as 2005's ''SPL: Sha Po Lang'', his biggest box office success would come in 2008's ''Ip Man'', a semi-biographical account of Yip Man (played by Yen), the wing chun master of Bruce Lee. ''Ip Man'' marked Yen's fourth collaboration with director Wilson Yip, reuniting him with his co-stars in ''SPL'' Creator/SammoHung and Simon Yam. ''Ip Man'' became the biggest box office hit to date which featured Yen in the leading role, grossing HK$25 million in Hong Kong and 100 million yuan in China. It would later gain sequel, ''Ip Man 2'', in 2010, which also a major box office success.

Apart from being an acclaimed martial artist and actor, Yen is also a world class action choreographer, and is especially notable for his violent yet technical style on screen. In recent years, Yen was successful in including UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts (MMA) into his action sequences in various films, a feat most other action directors have been unsuccessful at accomplishing so far. His film ''Flash Point'', featuring abundant MMA, was a huge success and won him the "Best Action Choreography" awards at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 2008 Golden Horse Film Awards. He also choreographed 2010 film ''Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen'', where he included MMA, Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do elements as a tribute to Bruce Lee (who played Chen Zhen in the 1972 film ''Fist of Fury''). Yen stated that the concept behind Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do is similar to that of MMA, hence its incorporation was a necessity in this film.

Next to coming from a martial art family, Yen also came from a family of musicians. His mother is a soprano, in addition to being a martial arts teacher in Boston, while his father is a violinist. Since young, he was taught by his parents to play musical instruments, including the piano. Along that, he has practised hip hop and breakdancing. Is there something out that Donnie Yen has not done?

His younger sister, Chris Yen, is also a martial artist and actress, and appeared in the 2007 film Adventures of ''Johnny Tao: Rock Around the Dragon''.

'''Notable Donnie Yen Films:'''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChinaII'' as General Nap Lan
* ''Film/IronMonkey'' as Wong Kei Ying
* ''The Lost Bladesman'' as Guan Yu
* ''Legend of the Wolf'' as Fung Man Hin
* ''Ballistic Kiss'' as [[ProfessionalKiller Cat]]
* ''Film/BladeII'' as Snowman
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'' as Sky
* ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'' as Wu Chow
* ''Film/ShaPoLang'' as Inspector Ma Kwan
* ''Film/DragonTigerGate'' as Wong Xiao Long or "Dragon Wong"
* ''Film/FlashPoint'' as Inspector Ma Jun
* The ''Film/{{Ip Man}}'' series as the title character
* ''Kung Fu Jungle'' as Hahou Mo
* ''[[Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny]]''
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RogueOne'' as Chirrut Îmwe
* ''Film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage'' as Xiang
'''Tropes applicable to him:'''

* ArchEnemy: On-screen, he has opposed Creator/JetLi several times. In real life, they are very close friends.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A huge number of his early roles are this type of character, and some say he was it offscreen in his early career. However, all of his coworkers nowadays describe him as a very polite, professional guy.
* BadassBeard: In 2011, he did the titular role in ''The Lost Bladesman'' as legendary glaive-wielder Guan Yu, one of the major characters of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', whose trademark physical feature was his legendarily long beard... although throughout the latter half of the movie it's actually shaved off to a goatee. (The opening scene reveals that he'd grown it back [[spoiler:by the time of his death]].)
* BadassInANiceSuit: In several of his early films, you see him kick ass while wearing some fancy clothes, mostly formal.
* BruceLeeClone: While he doesn't do it as much, he does tend to show mannerisms related to Bruce Lee, mostly as a nod as his love for him. He also played one of Lee's iconic characters Chen Zhen, twice in ''Fist of Fury'' TV series and the film ''Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen''. They're both compared to each other fairly often in RealLife, and Yen is considered by many to be his successor within cinema nowadays.
* BullyingADragon: Donnie has an anecdote in which he and his girlfriend were harassed in a Hong Kong club in the 1990s by a troublesome gang. Yen calmly warned them to leave them alone, but the thugs [[TooDumbToLive opted for attacking him]], which ended with Donnie thoroughly kicking their asses in the street. The incident got Yen arrested for a night and solidified his reputation as a real life dangerous martial artist.
* CombatParkour: Several of his film characters use it.
* CulturedBadass: He's quite good at playing the piano, and he [[TheCastShowoff gets a chance to do so]] in the movie ''Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen''.
* MartialPacifist: After he played the role of Wing Chun master Yip Man in both ''Film/IpMan'' and ''Film/IpMan2''.
* MuggingTheMonster: In the early 90s Yen was in a Hong Kong nightclub with his then girlfriend when members of a local gang started harassing her. Despite Yen warning them to back off and then deciding to leave before the situation got out of hand they followed Yen and his girlfriend out of the club and the eight strong group attacked him. Yen put all of them in hospital.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: He has trained in tai chi, wushu, boxing, kickboxing, UsefulNotes/{{Taekwondo}}, UsefulNotes/MuayThai, UsefulNotes/WingChun, Jeet Kune Do, UsefulNotes/{{Judo}}, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, amateur wrestling and LeParkour under various trainers. All of them receive a positive demonstration in ''Flash Point''.