Both are talented actors, but is the ethos of documentary life the same?


Both are famous stars of the action film industry, the private life of Donnie Yen and Keanu Reeves is completely opposite.

After the crushing victory at Mulan, Donnie Yen will continue to return to Hollywood cinema with the action blockbuster John Wick 4. This time, paired with “Chinese martial arts superstar” is Hollywood movie star Reeves. Equally talented in the action film segment, however, the private lives of Donnie Yen and Keanu Reeves are complete opposites. When a person slips into misfortune but still possesses a golden personality and an amazing will to rise, while a person who has everything but is so egotistical is hated and ostracized by his colleagues, wife and children. 



Two rare faces of the martial arts and action film industry in Asia and America



As one of China’s top martial arts superstars and Asia’s most successful filmmakers, Donnie Yen is a name that covers the entire domestic and foreign film front. Born and raised in the cradle of martial arts in Guangdong, China, Donnie Yen studied martial arts from a young age with his mother, struggling with supporting roles, with little reputation when he attended the famous Shichahai martial arts school with the piano. Mr. Lee Lien Kiet. It was not until 1992 that Donnie Yen officially made his mark on the screen through the role of the villain Nalan Nguyen Thuat in Hoang Phi Hong 2. With his delicate acting and excellent martial arts ability, the role helped Donnie Yen. received a nomination for “Best Supporting Actor” at the Hong Kong Film Awards.



Donnie Yen’s martial arts combine many modern and traditional elements.

In the following years, Donnie Yen continuously became famous with the main roles in Tu Khac’s Hoang Phi Hong, Wing Chun Quyen, Ma Nhi Wild Wind, ATV’s Tinh Martial Arts fever, the name Tran Chan played by Donnie Yen. is “remembered and named” throughout Southeast Asian countries, and especially in Vietnam. Considered by the public as the star who knows how to fight the most after the legendary Bruce Lee, every time Donnie Yen appears, he makes viewers satisfied with his honest and convincing blows and actions.

Donnie Yen (left) works with Ngo Viet in Ip Man 4.

It wasn’t until the age of 45, with the explosive push called Ip Man, that the name Donnie Yen officially stepped up to the ranks of the top martial arts superstars of Cbiz. To transform into Ip Man, Donnie Yen had to practice Wing Chun for 8 months and lose 5kg, to produce the most unique, decisive and honest martial arts moves. Donnie Yen’s role of Ip Man has received many compliments, including praise from “image emperor” Luong Trieu Vy – the actor also incarnated in the same role. The film’s martial arts director also added: “His movements are steady, very adept, like a highly skilled writer.” At the age of 58, Donnie Yen continues to reach the peak of his career and affirms his outstanding talent when attacking Hollywood cinema in Mulan and the upcoming blockbuster John Wick 4.

Donnie Yen is famous for his powerful, honest punches on the screen.

Famous for his powerful steel punches on the screen, Donnie Yen impresses with his ability to combine many modern and traditional elements in martial arts. Many experts commented, Donnie Yen has all the martial arts in one person: “The punch of boxing, the kick of Taekwondo, the catch, the flexible support that combines Wushu and Muay Thai, the powerful hand attack. from Wing Chun”. Not according to a certain sect or rule, but creativity based on the combination of many different sects has made Donnie Yen’s unique and unpredictable benefits. In addition, Donnie Yen is also ranked 4 out of 10 most dangerous Chinese martial arts stars by the Chinese media in real combat.

Keanu Reeves is an A-list Hollywood star.

Present in John Wick 3, Keanu Reeves once again made movie enthusiasts enthusiastic with his action sequences as well as immersive, explosive acting. Considered the most famous actor in Hollywood, Keanu Reeves’ career spanned a series of hit blockbusters such as Point break (1991), Speed ​​(1994) The matrix (1999), and especially the blockbuster John Wick. In addition to the cold face and the similarity in the pain of losing a loved one to help the actor easily play the role, John Wick has a decisive exit and flexible steps, combining melee martial arts with the use of guns. . It is the result of three months of hard training in “John Wick training camp”. Common’s co-star (as the assassin Cassian) shared about Reeves’ professionalism with USA Today: “When Keanu arrived on set, His hand had to be bandaged, but he never spoke a word of complaint. When we performed as planned, he smiled and said to me: Do you find this feeling satisfying?”.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick 3 really impressed the audience. 

Keanu is most successful with the roles of heroes who save the world, the actor always appears on the screen as a lonely, cold man with superior fighting skills. Keanu Reeves made a mark with his charismatic and mature demeanor in the Hollywood movie industry. Not only that, the actor is also highly appreciated for his dedication to each role. 100% of the action scenes in the movie are performed by the actor without cascadeur. Possessing a “stiff” face, lacking emotion, but it is also a special advantage that makes Keanu Reeves find his own mark on the screen. The melancholy, cold and emotionless look helps the character of John Wick played by the actor really touch the heart and convince viewers.

A one-color, cold and melancholy face becomes a great advantage when filming.

A person who lived a lonely life but emerged with a “golden personality”, a person who was scandalous in his private life but still favored and loved



Young director Canh Ve Quoc once publicly slandered actor Ip Man: “Donnie Yen is a martial arts master on screen, but a petty person in real life”. Donnie Yen also admitted to being an aggressive person since childhood. He is not the kind of gentle, overcoming difficulties, but “a spoiled young man who becomes famous”. Therefore, during the years of his career, Donnie Yen has always been surrounded by a series of scandals, from star disease, conflicts with colleagues and betraying his wife and children. Specifically, Donnie Yen once underestimated Bruce Lee’s martial arts skills when giving a public interview: “We all know his kung fu is very good, but he’s not the best in the world. Some people beat him. Can you beat him? Of course yes, there are many other people.”

Trieu Van Trac opened a press conference, accusing Donnie Yen of being a domineering, dictatorial person who wanted to suppress himself.

Because of having a loyal fan base too large, and is: “The star who knows the most martial arts after Bruce Lee. Donnie Yen’s films always have a different color,” said Gia Hoa. Therefore, Donnie Yen has never had to clarify or regain his image, but film contracts still come in abundance and are loved by the audience. Success came late and went through countless obstacles, however, Donnie Yen is absolutely loyal to his true performance, he says no to techniques, stunts,… That’s a bright plus. making the name Donnie Yen always favored and received a lot of love from the audience. As famous as that, Donnie Yen is also famous for his indomitable patriotism, the actor once refused the role because “the Chinese image is distorted”, protesting when the MC called himself an American. : “I am Donnie Yen,

After 3 wives, Donnie Yen is considered the most romantic and fallen man in love and marriage. Meeting and marrying Luong Tinh Tu at the age of 30, after 1 year of living together, Donnie Yen ran after the call of love with Van Ỷ Van – Asian runner-up 1989. At this time, Luong Tinh Tu was pregnant. pregnant but could not hold the male actor. The love affair with Van Van was quickly stoned by public opinion, despite criticism, Donnie Yen was still married to Van Van, however, after 5 years of being in love, “I will use this life to love me” continued to go their separate ways. Soon after, Donnie Yen again hit the thunderbolts of love with Uong Thi Thi. After returning to the same house, up to now, the couple has 2 children together, full of routines, and a happy and sweet family life that thousands of people admire. Having been violently stoned for suspicion of abandoning his first son,

The first wife was abandoned by Donnie Yen while pregnant.

Van Ỷ Van and Donnie Yen.

Donnie Yen with his current wife and daughter.

Donnie Yen brought his family to celebrate his eldest son’s graduation.

The stark contrast to the arrogant and selfish Donnie Yen is the “humble” (in the words of her co-star Laurence Fishburne), “kind” (Winona Ryder) and energetic in real life. More than a novel, Keanu Reeves experienced a life tragedy that is hard to match. Abandoned by her father when she was 3 years old, her only sister was diagnosed with blood cancer. His best friend River Phoenix (an extremely talented young actor) died of a drug overdose at the age of 23. The climax of the loss was the fact that the baby died in the 8th month in the womb, after His wife – Jennifer Syme also passed away because of a tragic traffic accident. 

Keanu Reeves’ famous picture of solitude.

Each of these events easily engulfed a person, but Keanu Reeves did not, he chose to live happily and optimistically every day. “I don’t want to run away from life because I know its beauty. Wildfires also have their benefits. Sometimes the enemy is the best teacher and we can learn from our mistakes. Destruction sometimes means rebirth, “- shared the actor.

Keanu Reeves always shows up with a kind, kind image.

People still see a kind, kind Keanu Reeves right from the smallest gestures. When he met a fan who wanted an autograph but didn’t have a paper, Reeves bought ice cream out of his own pocket to get the bill and signed it. Keanu Reeves is willing to renegotiate the contract to star in The Matrix so that the crew members can get a higher salary, even though he has to lose millions of dollars, and set up a charity fund but refuses to attach his name to this organization, .. Even Keanu Reeves put the emotions of grief and tragedy experienced into the role, making the character more real and convincing; and that’s also how he works towards good things, living more meaningfully.

At the Oscars 2020, Keanu Reeves decided to bring her mother – Patricia Taylor on the red carpet with her.

There is a big difference in private life, however, both Donnie Yen and Keanu Reeves are talented martial arts stars, dedicated to their roles. So, the presence of the cult duo this time will definitely create a real John Wick 4 burst with eye-catching action scenes.


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