HK actor Joe Ma, 54, looks younger than son, 24, say netizens

Father and son? Or brothers? Hong Kong actor Joe Ma (left) has been praised by netizens for his youthful appearance. Photo: Joe Ma/Instagram

Hong Kong actor Joe Ma has long been praised for his youthful looks and fit physique.

The Flying Tiger 3 star is fondly regarded as “an ageless god” among his legion of fans.

Recently, an old photo of Ma with his son Zai Xiang, 24, and wife Karen Cheung, 53, resurfaced on Weibo. The picture was taken last July at Zai Xiang’s graduation ceremony in Australia.

China Press reported that many netizens left comments praising the 54-year-old actor on how youthful he looks compared to his son, who’s 30 years younger than him.

“The son looks a lot more mature than the father,” said one netizen.

“What did Joe Ma feed his son?” another commented.

This isn’t the first time Ma’s appearance has been compared to Zai Xiang.

(From left) Joe Ma with his son, Zai Xiang, 24, and wife, Karen Cheung, 53. Photo: Karen Cheung/Weibo(From left) Joe Ma with his son, Zai Xiang, 24, and wife, Karen Cheung, 53. Photo: Karen Cheung/Weibo

In 2021, the actor uploaded a photo on Instagram of him with his son on the set of TVB series, The Kwoks And What. The actor's son plays the younger version of Ma's character in the drama.

Many netizens commented saying the duo looked more like brothers rather than father-and-son.

Ma credits his youthful looks to his diet.

"I opted for a vegetarian diet and ate more whole grain food for eight months. That's how I lost weight.

"My face doesn't look bloated and my eyelids look deeper now. Plastic surgery wouldn't be able to achieve this," he told Hong Kong media in 2018.

Zai Xiang graduated with first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering last July in Sydney, Australia. In 2019, he reportedly signed with the same company his father is currently under, Shaw Brothers Studio.

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