Max Zhang: An action star who fears heights

Chinese actor Max Zhang plays a wing chun master who closes his martial arts academy to lead a simpler life in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.
Chinese actor Max Zhang plays a wing chun master who closes his martial arts academy to lead a simpler life in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

Max Zhang had to overcome his phobia and film a fight scene atop neon signs and billboards

In his latest movie Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy, Chinese actor Max Zhang spars with almost every member of the cast, including Hollywood stars Dave Bautista and Michelle Yeoh as well as Thai action star Tony Jaa.

But that was not his toughest battle during filming. Instead, it was overcoming his own phobia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'An action star who fears heights'. Print Edition | Subscribe