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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Episodes

Air date: Aug 8, 2019

A botched restaurant order makes Kai a target of 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 to visit.

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Kai attempts 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 the revamped restaurant to their parents. Lu Xin tangles with McCullough's men.

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While Kai comes clean to his friends, Uncle Six realizes 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 attempts 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 conducting 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 acquire the Fire Wu fragment.

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Kai searches for a way to stop McCullough without sacrificing any of his 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 ever closer to reuniting.

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Critic Reviews for Wu Assassins Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

"Wu" coasts on the same, all-important rule of cool every Hollywood action franchise save the "John Wick" movies (with whom this series shares actor Mark Dacasos) seems to have forgotten.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

[Wu Assassins] harnesses Uwais' energy as both a fighter and an actor in an exciting fashion, and creates a giddy opportunity for martial arts awesomeness to flourish.

Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Wu Assassins is a complete and utter blast. Admittedly I stumbled onto it and it's one of the most fun discoveries I have ever made. An absolute thrilling mixture of martial arts and fantasy thriller storytelling

Nov 28, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

I found the series as a whole to be wildly entertaining, featuring a panoply of strong performances, with Byron Mann's dramatic characterization especially striking and on point.

Nov 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The result is a bit of a mess. When the acting isn't over-the-top, it's instead so wooden that it floats... You can tell the budget went on the stunts and not the script though.

Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Super violent martial arts-based action drama falls flat.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Overall, Wu Assassins isn't perfect, but it is great. Season one has built out a world that feels expansive and given us a core group of characters to latch on to

Aug 27, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Wu Assassins is a fun, fast-paced fighting fantasy that excels in its delivery of awesome fight scenes and skilful camerawork. It loses its allure with dodgy CGI and weak script work, but makes for an easy and not particularly taxing watch.

Aug 17, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

The storytelling is erratic and the special effects are conventional. But the series lights up in its battle scenes. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

A stupendous action series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All in all, Wu Assassins is full of potential. It shines when it comes to character development and fight choreography.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Earnestness can work with world-building-it certainly did for Netflix's absurdly straight-faced, dearly departed The OA-but not when it's as inconsistently utilized as it is here.

Aug 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wu Assassins: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    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.
  • Sep 21, 2020
    Starts off great but quickly sinks into the typical netflix mid season emptiness. 5 minutes just watching a guy walk through a forest... Multiple times... if you can't fill 10 episodes then don't bother making 10 episodes
  • Sep 12, 2020
    They kind of lost me with the supernatural element to this show. It got super cheesy with the bad c.g.i.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    The two part finale was painful to watch. The story, character arcs, character motivations hardly made any sense throughout the season.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    For fans of martial arts movies and television, the Wu Assassins is a must see. The action scenes are expertly choreographed, and the fights actually appear real, compared to a lot of action series and movies where cutaways and changing camera angles are used to make the fights appear real. The series starts off well and draws you in, but then it kind of loses its way. I think by the end it felt like the plot fell apart a little, but I'd watch a second season.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    This show is really good - it probably didn't get the production budget that it would have gotten if it was a franchise of a larger company. The fighting is great, and the characters are cool. Some of the elements of the story leave a lot to be explained, specifically with respect to the different Wu characters. It's good that the non-Wu characters have roles, stories, fighting abilities, etc. Wood Wu gets a lot of attention to his story which is phenomenal and intriguing. It would be nice to see more of this type of dramatic build-up with the other Wu characters.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    This show has the cleanest shooting gallery scene in the history of smack. It appears that the majority of the budget was spent on special effects at the sacrifice of writing, acting and basic research. The writing rooms knowledge of San Francisco and the region is lacking. I hate to know what they did to the chinese cultural mythology that the show is based on. Entertaining rubbish.
  • Feb 01, 2020
    This show could have been great, and it starts off well. But like so many other shows it loses its way about halfway through. The martial arts is very good, where present, but they use drama for drama's sake to pad out the runtime, a common trend among Netflix titles. The acting is overall mildly uninteresting, except for an ancient mystic wu assassin character who provides top tier terrible acting every moment she's on screen. The effects are modern TV level and ultimately not even the presence of Iko Uwais and Mark Dacascos can salvage the show from boredom. Closest comparison: It's like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon by way of The Fast and the Furious, but without the fun. Setting: Modern Crime Plot: Martial Arts Tone: Fantasy
  • Jan 28, 2020
    I Didn't watch the season couldn't get past the first episode. The racist overtones are too unreal. A waitress that lives on tips being racist to her customers is unrealistic. Then stereotypical hicks coming over to cause trouble due to race? stop with those white men racist crap. if you wanted to start a fight at the beginning a more realistic would be the main characters wearing an MAGA hat and a group of Antifa guys start hassling them and attack them. Much more believable. Even the Waitress being a tad rud to someone wearing a MAGA hat is somewhat more believable.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    Entertaining enough, but the show has an inbuilt oxymoron: The fantasy scenes are rather childish. Like they belong in a kids television show. But the most violent moments are not for kids. So who's going to watch the show? Those violent moments are actually quite frustrating as a parent, because it really is only moments, rather than, say, entire fight scenes. So those moments could be edited out with little affect to the story and then the show would be open to a much wider audience. Fix that and make the fantasy scenes less childish and it would be a great show.

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