An Exclusive Message from 'Into the Badlands' Star Daniel Wu
Despite the fact that Asian Americans watch and download more movies than any other ethnic group, mainstream American media too often ignores or misrepresents our community on screen. AMC's casting of Daniel Wu as the main character of Into the Badlands is a bold choice and another milestone because it portrays his character with a depth and substance that goes beyond the one-sided portrayals we are accustomed to seeing Asian males play. The need for more prominent, multi-dimensional roles for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders cannot be understated because as our country becomes more diverse, our media has a responsibility to reflect that wealth of diversity as well.
Please enjoy this brief message from Daniel Wu about his thoughts on Asian American representation in the media.
OCA Chief Executive Officer
"I grew up in America in the '70s when there were no Asian Americans on screen.After a career of 18 years in Hong Kong where I didn't have to think about race at all, coming back to America and thinking about when we've seen an Asian American lead on a show, I realized almost never.
AMC was adamant that the lead for Into the Badlands would be Asian American. It's not our intention to transform Asian-American male masculinity across the country through this one show, but "Into theBadlands" is a great start.
Television and American media need to reflect American society. There is a very large Asian-American population in this country and we need to see that on screen. Times have changed, people have changed, and this is a different era than it was even just 10 years ago. "Into the Badlands" is breaking new ground, and that's awesome."
- Daniel Wu
Into the Badlands plays Sundays on AMC at 10PT/9CT
About "Into the Badlands"
"Into the Badlands" is AMC's new genre-bending martial arts drama series that premiered on Nov. 15th. In a land controlled by feudal barons, "Into the Badlands" tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) who embark on a spiritual journey across a dangerous land. Loosely based on the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West", the six-part series was created by writers/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, "Smallville"). They'll serve as executive producers along with Wu and fellow Hong Kong film star/director Stephen Fung.
About Daniel Wu
Wu is a Hong Kong-based Chinese-American actor, director and producer. Born in Berkeley, California, Wu was raised in Orinda in a family whose parents were Shanghai natives who were both educated in the States. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he moved to Hong Kong in 1997. A film buff (and scholar in the Chinese martial arts discipline of wushu), Wu admired both Jackie Chan and Jet Li as a youngster. He landed his first professional roles in 1998 in a trio of Chinese-language features, most notably in City of Glass. Since then, Wu has been featured in over 60 films. He won the prestigious Hong Kong prize as Best Director for his 2006 feature, The Heavenly Kings, his directorial debut that also brought him the Chinese Film Media Award as Best Director. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Wu has produced five projects, including Night Corridor, Like A Dream, The Heavenly Kings, Tai Chi Zero and Control.
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