Daniel Wu’s mar­tial arts TV se­ries pre­mieres in Nov.

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Hong Kong movie star Daniel Wu is bring­ing mar­tial arts back to TV in the U. S. with his up­com­ing se­ries “Into the Bad­lands,” pre­mier­ing Nov. 19 on AMC.

Wu, who stars on the show and is also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, shared his back­story with a panel of TV crit­ics Fri­day.

Born in Cal­i­for­nia, Wu fell into act­ing while on a post­col­lege trip to Hong Kong. He was dis­cov­ered in a bar for a TV com­mer­cial, which quickly led to his film ca­reer. He’s gone on to make more than 60 movies.

The six- episode first sea­son of “Bad­lands” is based on the Chi­nese novel “Jour­ney to the West.”


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war­rior named Sunny who teams up with a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) on a search for en­light­en­ment in a dan­ger­ous land. Sunny teaches M.K. mar­tial arts and he be­comes an un­ri­valed fighter.

Each episode is to have at least five min­utes of fight scenes, but Wu says both the story and mar­tial arts are equally im­por­tant.

“I knew the ac­tion had to be kick-ass but also knew we re­ally needed a com­pelling story,” he said.

The ac­tor is ex­cited to ex­pand his ca­reer to Amer­ica but says he is grate­ful to Hong Kong for mak­ing him a star.

“Ev­ery­thing I have now is be­cause of what the Hong Kong ( film) in­dus­try gave me,” he said.


Daniel Wu, a cast mem­ber and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Into the Bad­lands,” poses for a por­trait dur­ing the 2015 Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Sum­mer Press Tour at the Bev­erly Hil­ton in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, Fri­day, July 31.

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