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Master Z

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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.


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Dave

  

A shift into the world of crime, particularly drug crime, in Hong Kong sometime in the 1940's.  A Wing Chun master who has reclused into being a shopkeeper is drawn into this menagerie of drugs, bars, entertainment, and the corruption of the local police force.  I can't begin to say just how amazing the fight sequences are - even if some are a little over the top in parts - but the mesmerise and keep your attention firmly glued to the screen.  A supposed legitimate foreigner businessman is at the heart of heroin distribution and a corrupt crime organisations leader wants the 'company' to clean up its act and become legitimate. This is where the two cross over as the brother of the organisation that wants to go clean is in bed with the supposed legitimate gentleman (I use the word with caution lol) and is distributing the heroin.  In the meantime, the corrupt police are accepting hush money to do the bidding of their payroll masters.

Caught up in all of this is Zhang Jin (the Wing Chun master) and his young son - drawn into the conflicts because of an untimely event that sees him saving a young woman from being beaten his shop is burned out and he becomes a target of the corrupt brother of Sis Ha (played by Michelle Yeoh).  It all blossoms from this chance encounter as to how Zhang Jin's life unfolds as he is drawn further into the corruption and attempts to make things right; which he achieves with a little help.

Great movie, immersive story, if a little predictable, but the action sequences steal the show as they are choreographed to perfection.  Just watch it - BTW the subtitles do not detract.

:thumbs_up:

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