“Master Z: The Legend of Ip Man” Breaks $20 Million in Taiwan
Action blockbuster Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy <葉問外傳：張天志> has received a great response since its release despite the non-reprisal of Ip Man’s character. Starring Max Zhang (張晉), Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊), and Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), the spin-off feature has garnered 121 million Yuan in Mainland China after its premiere, and it broke 20 million Yuan in Taiwan’s box office on New Year’s Day.
The action-packed movie is directed by Kung Fu master Yuen Woo-ping (袁和平) and co-produced by Donnie Yen (甄子丹) and Raymond Wong (黃百鳴). Action star Max’s superb performance as Cheung Tin Chi, Ip Man’s rival in Ip Man 3 <葉問3>, was well received. In the explosive film, his character fights head-on with the roles of Michelle, Tony Jaa, and Dave Bautista.
The 44-year-old portrayed a more aggressive style of Wing Chun, which was no challenge for the former wushu athlete who has a martial arts background. After all, the actor did begin his career as a stunt double, including for Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and costar Michelle. He was also the body double of Vincent Chiao (焦恩俊) and Alyssa Chia (賈靜雯) in The Little Li Flying Dagger <小李飛刀>. However, Max’s dream was always to become an actor. After chasing his dream for 20 years, he finally landed a leading role with Master Z: The Legend of Ip Man.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.