Wu Assassins: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Wu Assassins

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Though its story at times leaves something to be desired, Wu Assassins's exceptional choreography and bold aesthetic makes it an action packed delight.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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Air date: Aug 8, 2019

A botched restaurant order makes Kai a target for Triad members, who are unaware of his family connections -- and his new status as the Wu Assassin.

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As Kai begins his Wu Assassin training, more mundane concerns find him turning to Lu Xin for a favor; Jenny prepares for her exacting parents' visit.

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Kai tries to warn CG about his prophetic dream, while Uncle Six ramps up his hunt through Chinatown for the Wu Assassin.

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Fists and fire fly as Kai and Uncle Six face off; Jenny and Tommy show their parents the revamped restaurant; Lu Xin tangles with mcCullough's men.

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While Kai comes clean to his friends, Uncle Six realizes that he and McCullough have more in common than their criminal activity in Chinatown.

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A risky power play puts Uncle Six at Kai's mercy; an unburdened Tommy tries to get his life together; Zan makes her Triad ambitions known.

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Trouble follows when Kai and Uncle Six hit the road to hunt down the Earth Wu, who happens to be doing a search of his own.

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CG, Jenny and Tommy get caught in the crossfire when McCullough unleashes his big guns in a no-holds-barred fight to get the Fire Wu fragment.

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Kai searches for a way to stop McCullough without sacrificing any friends; Uncle Six and Zan clash over control of the Triad.

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Kai tries to stop McCullough from achieving his endgame as the five Wu pieces -- fire, wood, earth, metal and water -- inch closer to reuniting.

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Cast & Crew

Iko Uwais
Kai Jin

Actor
Byron Mann
Uncle Six

Actor
Li Jun Li
Jenny Wah

Actor
Celia Au
Ying Ying

Actor
Lewis Tan
Lu Xin Lee

Actor
Lawrence Kao
Tommy Wah

Actor
Tommy Flanagan
Alec McCullough

Actor
Katheryn Winnick
Christine Gavin

Actor
Tzi Ma
Mr. Young

Actor
JuJu Chan
Zan

Actor
Summer Glau
Miss Jones

Actor
Robin McLeavy
Maggie McCullouh

Actor
Travis Caldwell
Gideon

Actor
John Wirth
Executive Producer
Stephen Fung
Executive Producer
Michael Frislev
Executive Producer
Chad Oakes
Executive Producer
Tony Krantz
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Critic Reviews for Wu Assassins: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Wu Assassins: Season 1

  • Apr 20, 2022
    I'm surprised by the reviews: with plot holes, clichés characters with very little development, a non sense ending and a lead who has one expression on his face the whole serie, the serie is barely entertaining...
  • Mar 08, 2022
    Stunning soundtrack. Good choreography throughout, perhaps too choreographed. You can almost imagine seeing some of the fights as dance routines at a Backstreet Boys concert. Uneven acting. Lawrence Kao is a scene stealer, though. Overall a fun show.
  • Feb 24, 2022
    It kind of a hidden gem. Not a bad movie just wish I would know about it back when first came out. I am glad there not lip service, they are actually speaking. The action was great. The acting not bad better then I could ever do lol. But over all Good movie. I say check it out. Worth the time. It's better then lot other Netflix shows. Where the dub in English speaking actors and never lines up with what there saying.
  • Oct 24, 2021
    I find martial arts stuff and Chinese fantasy/legend interesting enough, but it's not a philia for me. I do like Kathryn Winnick (from Vikings), so that keeps me interested. It's okay. I'll likely watch the next installment of the series.
  • Oct 22, 2021
    Fun and entertaining. Exciting martial arts from Iko Uwais and others, plus an engaging-enough storyline kept my attention through season one. I'd easily welcome season two.
  • Sep 28, 2021
    Campy and unevenly acted, Wu Assassins nonetheless benefits from action titan Iko Uwais, as well as a host of other skilled martial artists in its cast to deliver some satisfying action that harkens back to the old days of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan kung fu films.
  • Sep 09, 2021
    This was such a bad show. The script was so dumb and inconsistent, with bad lines and big flaws in the plot line. Too many scenes lack credibility and the acting is inconsistent and disappointing. I would not recommend this show for anything in the world, as it is a complete wate of time. At least Badlands had better fughting scenes. I like Lewis Tan a lot and I think he might do a lot better, but he needs to escape these bad shows.
  • May 21, 2021
    Like if The Raid was a superhero movie mixed with a supernatural show with a fairly bland story but has great action
  • May 11, 2021
    Plot is so-so, CGI too. But who cares? Those fighting scenes are amazing!
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Wu Assassins is the new martial arts, fantasy series that "dropped" on Netflix this month. I enjoyed the 1st season, consisting of 10 episodes. I highly recommend it. This review, as is true with all my reviews, contains no Plot Spoilers. The Plot Wu Assassins is set in modern day San Francisco Chinatown. The story surrounds the initiation of, Kai (played by Iko Uwais) an unlikely candidate to become the next in a line of ancient Wu Assassins. Together with his friends, Kai must obtain the essence of five natural elements and save the world from the machinations of Alec MCCullough, played masterfully by Tommy Flanagan. The Characters The show features Iko Uwais as Kai Jin, but it is more of an ensemble cast. Iko is very likable and believable as the reluctant hero, combining elements of Tony Ja and, dare I say, Bruce Lee, in his performance. Lewis Tan commands every scene he is in with a performance that surmounts his fine performance in AMC's Into the Badlands. In Tan we see the unfolding of a charismatic, sexually charged, action star whose stock rises as he feels more comfortable on screen. Katheryn Winnick, Taekwondo practitioner, stunt coordinator, and actress not only shines as CG Gavin, the complex undercover police officer, but she lends her directorial skills to the darkest and most sophisticated of the series' episodes. Tommy Flanagan stars as Alec McCullough, the Scottish Crime Boss and rival to the Triad's Uncle Six, played by Byron Mann. He adds a depth to the character and manages to engage the viewer in every scene he appears. The series also features Li Jin Li, Celia Au, Lawrence Kao, and Mark Dacascos in significant roles. Much of the early praise for Wu Assassins came in the discussion of the fact that its cast is, largely, made up of Asian-Americans in high profile roles playing non-stereotypical characters. While I am normally blind to these nuances, reading these comments made me focus on this element of the series a little more than I would ordinarily have. It was refreshing to see good actors playing roles where the ethnicity of the characters were not rigidly defined by anything other than pure human experience. As the show proceeded the development of the characters as multi-dimensional human beings, and not simply good or evil, Asian or otherwise, made the show more watchable. The Martial Arts The show, quite appropriately, opens in the first moments with a highly charged martial arts action sequence and it is filled with fights throughout. Most of the fighting is distinct from the fantasy in the show. In other words we don't see "over the top" aerial machinations or human contortions beyond the scope of our believability. We see grit and action in a well choreographed way. Most of the fighting is very believable. One of the things I enjoyed in the viewing was that the fight sequences do not have a prevailing, dominant style that pervades them. Each of the characters seems to bring a bit of their own style of fighting to the equation, and this makes for more believability in the viewing. Episode 9's climax offers the pinnacle of the action and martial arts fighting in the entire series. This was well done, and had me craving more of this in Season 2. Conclusion Wu Assassins has some flaws for sure. Its plot has some weakness, and there are some aspects of the underlying theme that don't make sense. Additionally, because the acting is so strong there are a few stand-outs that are noticeably not up to the caliber of the ensemble; however, all in all this is enjoyable viewing, especially for the martial arts fan. I highly recommend Wu Assassins and look forward to more seasons to build on the character and relationships initiated in Season 1.

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