MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY – “Delivers superb fight sequences in grand style”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Yuen Woo-ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny - 2016)

STARRING

  • Max Zhang as Cheung Tin Chi
  • Dave Bautista as Owen Davidson
  • Liu Yan as Julia
  • Xing Yu as Fu
  • Michelle Yeoh as Tso Ngan Kwan
  • Tony Jaa as Sadi the warrior
  • Kevin Cheng as Tso Sai Kit
  • Chrissie Chau as Nana

SYNOPSIS

Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats.  But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Legendary director and choreographer, Yuen Woo-Ping, clearly wasn't messing around when it came to the hand-to-hand combat scenes in Master Z: IP Man Legacy, delivering some truly superb fighting sequences in grand style no less. One in particular takes our hero atop the neon light-up signs of Hong Kong's Bar Street for a spectacular edge of your seat martial arts battle. There's also a brutal table busting and glass breaking brawl inside a fancy restaurant that, if you're like me, will have you flinching with every blow. So yes, if it's explosive combat you want, Master Z has got 'em in spades. Whats more, the gorgeous 1960's set recreations and colourful costumes are nothing short of cinematic eye candy to behold. Seriously, you can take a still picture at just about any point in the film and proceed to hang it on your wall as a work of art. On the performances front, they range from restrained (Zhang) to delightful (Yeoh), with perhaps Dave Bautista being the standout as a shady businessman with a knack for making great steak. Trust me, his years in the WWE pay off here - big time! And no matter how campy or melodramatic the plot may get, Master Z's big combat set pieces and all around martial arts fun, make it all wonderfully worthwhile.

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