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INTERVIEW: Wu Assassins’ Stephen Fung opens ‘new can of worms’ on Netflix

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Hong Kong director follows up his work on AMC’s Into the Badlands with the first two episodes of Netflix’s first martial arts drama starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais

A true renaissance man, Stephen Fung’s claim to fame stretches from pop idol to star actor and accomplished movie director. If all that weren’t enough, he also happens to be husband of award-winning Taiwanese actress and model Shu Qi.Fung has worked with a veritable who’s who of Chinese entertainment. Andy Lau, Faye Wong, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Jackie Chan, Eason Chan, Nicholas Tse, Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Edison Chen – Fung seems to have worked alongside nearly everyone who’s anyone at some stage. 

Now Fung is back with a new series, this time for Netflix. He has taken the lead on Wu Assassins, having directed the first two episodes of the programme. A modern chopsocky yarn, in the best way possible, the series stars Iko Uwais – whose incredible physical exploits in The Raid movies has made him the premier martial arts star of the day – and is Netflix’s first martial arts drama. The production is unfamiliar territory for Netflix and is something of a gamble, but Fung is confident it can succeed, as he tells us below.

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