I love martial arts. I have never taken any official martial arts lessons, but I have always been fascinated by its graceful, but lethal moves. So when I saw the series, Wu Assassins, appear on my Netflix recommendation list, I clicked on it.
First of all, I discovered that many of the scenes were filmed in Canada. Then, I became very proud that most of the characters had an Asian background. After the huge success of a certain Rich Asian-related movie, I really wanted to support my fellow Asians.
The main character, Kai, a Chinese chef, suddenly discovered that he was the Wu Assassin, the only chosen one in the world, who was destined to end the evil doings of the Fire Wu, Earth Wu, Metal Wu, Water Wu and Wind Wu. He was helping out at his friend’s Chinese restaurant when he got into a fight with the triads. Luckily, his adopted father was a triad boss…..
In Asian culture, family is very important. I grew up in a traditional Chinese family and I could completely relate to the frustrations of being a “banana”, (“yellow” on the outside and “white” in the inside). That’s what the elders called the ones who were born and raised in the West. Internal conflicts between the Asian and Western culture and beliefs were apparent throughout the episodes. Loyalty and honour was very important. Losing either was looked down on.
The background music was a blend of both hip-hop and rap in English and Chinese. Both Cantonese and Mandarin was thrown into the dialogue, with Cantonese being more prominent. This was a wonderful surprise as I was able to understand both languages, so I knew that it was authentic. Well, most of the actors sounded like native speakers.
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If you are into martial arts, I definitely recommend it! It’s empowering to see more Asian actors representation on screen. Just a reminder that were some mature language and scenes, so I believed that this series was meant for mature audiences.