|Yuen Woo-Ping at The 18th New York Asian Film Festival|
|left to right: Samuel Jamier (Executive Director of NYAFF), Yuen Woo-Ping and Joanne Chu (Director of the Hong Kong Economic And Trade Office in New York)|
The award ceremony was followed by a screening of Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. The movie is an excellent spinoff to the Ip Man series which features Max Zhang back in the role of Master Z. After his defeat to Ip Man, Master Z looks to live a quiet life running a small grocery store and taking care of his son. Drug dealing gangsters put an end to the peaceful life for Master Z and sure enough, it's back to kicking and punching in the Hong Kong streets. I wasn't aware of the stellar cast in the movie but there is Tony Jaa who plays the mysterious Sadi the warrior, David Bautista as a restaurant owner and Michelle Yeoh as the leader of an organized crime gang. The action in the movie is some of the best in recent years especially a sequence above the streets and among the neon signs. I highly recommend the film to fans of the genre and you best believe I'll be seeing it again soon and hopefully in a movie theater packed with kung fu movie fans. Yuen Woo-Ping came back after the movie for a Q&A moderated by Samuel Jamier of NYAFF.
If you are interested in seeing more of Yuen Woo-Ping's movies at NYAFF, then check out THE MIRACLE FIGHTERS on Tuesday July 2, 9:00 PM at The Walter Reade Theater and IRON MONKEY on Wednesday July 3, 10:00 PM at The Walter Reade Theater.