When we reviewed “One other Life” final week, we described it as an old school science fiction house present, one thing that’s been absent from TV for the previous decade or so. “Wu Assassins” is one other new Netflix sequence, and it’s is also a type of a throwback — this time to ’90s martial arts sequence like “Vanishing Son” and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.”
As we clarify within the newest episode of the Unique Content material podcast, “Wu Assassins” — which tells the story of Kai, a San Francisco chef who receives mystical powers and should battle highly effective nemeses often called the Wu Lords — has loads of delightfully tacky writing and particular results. Nevertheless it’s set other than these older exhibits in a pair key methods.
First, there’s the truth that Indonesian martial arts star Iko Uwais (who you may acknowledge from “The Raid” and “Star Wars: The Power Awakens”) performs as Kai — he’s not a fantastic dramatic actor, however as soon as the motion begins, he turns into a blur of punches and kicks.
The producers have surrounded Uwais with different different achieved martial artists, so the ensuing combat scenes are extraordinary. “Wu Assassins” features a couple massive set items, however much more remarkably, each single combat (and there are loads) feels prefer it’s been choreographed for the right mixture of magnificence and brutality.
Even higher, there’s Byron Mann’s efficiency as Uncle Six, a ruthless triad boss who has a protracted historical past with Kai. Mann brings actual charisma and humanity to his efficiency, and he turns his dramatic scenes with Uwais into absolute spotlight of the present. Plus, he’s simply as compelling when he’s known as upon to beat the crap out of his enemies.
Along with praising “Wu Assassins,” we additionally focus on the CBS-Viacom merger and listener response to our evaluate of “One other Life.”
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And if you wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:40 “One other Life” listener response
11:51 CBS/Viacom merger
20:30 “Wu Assassins” evaluate
33:52 “Wu Assassins” spoiler dialogue