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Meet The International Cast of The New Vancouver-Filmed Martial Arts Drama

Wu Assassins

Photo: @byron_mann / Instagram

The new martial arts and crime drama Wu Assassins for Netflix is currently filming in Vancouver. Production started in August and is scheduled until mid-November. The show is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown and revolves around a chef who learns he is the last Wu Assassin and destined to sway an ancient triad.

The diverse cast includes actors from all over the world including Canada, England, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Scotland, Romania, America and China. More than 50% of the cast currently credited on IMDb is Asian which parallels to the buzz around the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians noted for breaking Hollywood barriers with an all-Asian cast.


Meet the global cast of the new Vancouver-filmed Netflix martial arts drama Wu Assassins:

Iko Uwais

Jakarta, Indonesia

Lead actor doubles as the lead martial arts & fight choreographer as well as a stunt coordinator.


Katheryn Winnick

Ontario, Canada

Known for playing shieldmaiden Lagertha in History Channel’s Vikings.


Lewis Tan

Manchester, UK

British actor has appeared in other martial arts shows like Iron First and Into The Badlands. Recently he played Shatterstar in Deadpool 2 which filmed in Vancouver.



Tommy Flanagan

Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish actor most known for his role of Chibs in FX’s Sons of Anarchy.


Byron Mann

Hong Kong

He recently played Inspector Wu in The Rock’s action blockbuster Skyscraper which also filmed in Vancouver.


Tzi Ma

Hong Kong

Hong Kong-American actor who is no stranger to Vancouver having appeared in a number of episodes of Amazon’s The Man in The High Castle which films in Vancouver. He also recently played Fire Chief Zhang in The Rock’s action blockbuster Skyscraper which filmed in Vancouver.


Lu Jun Li

Shanghai, China

Shanghai-born American actress recently played Rose in Season 2 of FOX’s The Exorcist which filmed in Vancouver.


Lawrence Kao

California, USA


Celia Au

Hong Kong-born / NYC-raised


Michael Denis



Raresh DiMofte

Romania-born / Vancouver-based


Paul Lazenby



Mark Dacascos


Iron Chef!


JuJu Chan

Hong Kong

aka Female Bruce Lee


Stephen Fung is directing the first two episodes – he is also credited as Executive Producer on Into The Badlands, another martial arts drama which aired its third season this year on AMC. The famous Hong Kong actor is also a singer, director and writer.


Wu Assassins is scheduled for release in 2019 on Netflix: “The last in a line of Chosen Ones, a wannabe chef teams up with a homicide detective to unravel an ancient mystery and take down supernatural assassins.”

Naturally Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is a go-to filming location for the show which is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Be sure to check out the exciting movies and tv shows filming in Vancouver this August!


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