Back in 2017, Hong Kong director Stephen Fung made his Hollywood directorial debut with the AMC television series, Into The Badlands, having directed two episodes of the series’s second season. Stephen also served as the executive producer and action director of the series.
Fast forward two years, and the 44-year-old has a new project up his sleeve. This time, Stephen will be directing the first two episodes of upcoming Netflix action show, Wu Assassins. The show, which will debut on August 8, recently dropped a trailer to tease its upcoming release. Wu Assassins focuses on the main character, Kai Jin, who takes up the mantle as the Wu Assassin after a run-in with a mystical spirit blesses him with enhanced martial arts skills.
The first two episodes promises to deliver a new take of Chinese martial arts, with a number of intricate action scenes. Stephen also shared in an interview that he did not want to rely on the typical props that are often present in such Western productions, like the ubiquitous dragon and phoenix decorations.
“When it comes to aesthetics, they will tend to add in a lot of dragon or phoenix related elements. China’s cities are actually bustling and prosperous, and dragons and phoenixes may not necessarily feature prominently in the cities. I hope that when ever one watches it, they will not have the mindset that 'all Chinese people are like this'. I hope to allow the public to see something new,” he explained.
Stephen also shared his excitement at being able to work together with the lead actor, Indonesian actor Iko Uwais.
“I’ve always admired his performance in the movie, The Raid. I feel that he’s able to adapt to a lot of different action styles. As for the lead actress (Canadian actress) Katheryn Winnick, I saw her performance in Vikings, and thought that it was really outstanding,” he said.
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