Fantasia 2019: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) 1h 47min | Action, Crime | 20 December 2018 (Hong Kong) Summary: While keeping a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful foreigner.
Countries: Hong Kong, ChinaLanguages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English

A disgraced martial arts expert becomes entangled with Hong Kong’s criminal underwork in Master Z: Ip Man Legacy. Wing Chun expert, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) seeks to keep a low profile after being defeated by Ip Man. However, Cheung crosses paths with opium dealer Tso Sai Kit (Kevin Cheng), who continues to peddle drugs, despite the efforts of his sister Tso Ngan Kwan (Michelle Yeoh) to go straight. After losing his home in an attack, Cheung and his son take shelter with Julia (Liu Yan) and her brother Chiu Kam Fu (Naason), who runs a successful bar in downtown Hong Kong. It is soon discovered that local British restauranteur and philanthropist Owen Davidson (Dave Bautista) might be the true mastermind of the local underworld.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is a film that can probably be described as a “side-quel” to the Ip Man films starring Donnie Yen, taking Max Zhang’s character from Ip Man 3 and spinning him off into his own story. The actual story of Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is almost inconsequential since the film is ultimately about the very impressive martial arts fight scenes. There’s also the pretty impressive casting that includes the legendary Michelle Yeoh and a featured cameo by Tony Jaa. Even the stunt casting of Dave Bautista as the main foreign adversary works by the end. Altogether, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is a quite entertaining martial arts action film.

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