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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is generally framed as a battle of good versus evil, and the central question is how far the protagonist will go to defeat evil.
Positive Role Models
Wu Assassins focuses on various criminals in Chinatown in San Francisco, most of whom are connected with the Chinese Triad organization. The show features a large cast of mostly Chinese actors (the lead, Iko Uwais, is Indonesian).
Violence & Scariness
The show is about violence, and features extended fight scenes in each episode. Martial arts is the most common expression of violence, but guns and knives make frequent appearances. There are also a lot of people who get burned alive.
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Profanity includes the f-word, "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Slightly more product placement than typical Netflix shows; products are shown but not mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink frequently, and alcohol is often portrayed as tough and edgy. There's also occasional smoking, and one main character is an opiate addict.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wu Assassins is a martial arts-based action show about criminals operating in San Francisco's Chinatown. Each episode features extended fight scenes, some of which involve knives and gunplay, and there are numerous scenes of people getting burned alive. Most of the action is stylized and not realistic, and the show uses dated special effects on purpose, which further add to the pulpy feeling, but there's a lot of violence nonetheless. There's no sexual content, but profanity includes "s--t" and "f--k." There's also frequent drinking, and some heavy drug use.
Is It Any Good?
Netflix has already had some success with the immaculate action scenes of their 2018 film The Night Comes for Us, so extending the model to an episodic series is the next logical step -- However, it doesn't sustain the level of quality. Netflix dipping its toes into the world of martial arts programming does make perfect sense: It's flashy, inexpensive to make, and infinitely watchable. However, Wu Assassins' fight sequences mostly feel rote, and neither the writing nor the acting does anything to help the action out. As always, the key to great action is having characters to invest in, and neither Uwais or any of the rest of the large supporting ensemble are compelling enough to elevate the fights to anything more than a clamor.
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