Longtime actor and producer Raymond Wong took to the floor at Filmart in Hong Kong to launch Mandarin Motion Pictures, ripe with a slate still fresh with titles both new and pending. The move comes following Wong’s sale of Pegasus Entertainment to Nice Rich Group Ltd. last October, which Wong launched in 2009 with son, Edmond Wong, after establishing himself for years as a staple film producer of Cinema City’s Aces Go Places franchise, and with Mandarin Films in 1991 which served to produce the first two Ip Man titles.
This brings us to at least one important title to keep in mind with actor and action star Max Zhang whose career has since begun spanning across the world from Asia to North America. Moviegoers in the former will likely be first to bear witness to his latest headlining role in the Ip Man franchise spin-off, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, which takes off from the hit success of director Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 3 wherein Zhang paired off against starring actor Donnie Yen as Wing Chun pugilist and challenger, Cheung Tin-Chi.
After defeated by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang Jin) lives a depressed life and stays low profile. One day, he offends Kit (Kevin Cheng), the younger brother of the most influential gangster Sis HA (Michelle Yeoh), when he tries to save Julia. While Tin Chi tries to stay out of trouble, he gets himself into a fight with the foreigner Davidson (Dave Bautista), the big boss behind the bar district. Tin Chi fights hard with Wing Chun and earns his respect from the neighbourhood…
Ip Man 4 is set to have Yen and Yip roll camersd next month while Master Z: Ip Man Legacy stakes its claim at Filmart with Yuen Woo-Ping at the helm, a brand new sales poster ahead of its release. The film joins Zhang with Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh and international superstar Tony Jaa.
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