For those who love action movies, Netflix has served a great binge in the form of ‘Wu Assassins’. If you love Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, then Iko Uwais’s jaw-dropping action sequences in this series will delight your soul. Mixing mythology and superhero stuff with lots of martial arts, it is a show that you don’t want to miss. It is so replete with action scenes, that sometimes it feels like people are fighting more than they are talking to each other. And that’s not at all a complaint! If you haven’t yet seen it, head over to Netflix. Right now. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Summary of the Plot
‘Wu Assassins’ follows the story of a chef, Kai Jin, who becomes a part of an ancient war between the Wu Xing and the Wu Assassins. His father is the leader of the Triad and is the crime lord presiding over Chinatown in San Francisco. He is also one of the Wu Xing and the first one that Kai needs to take down to save the world. His childhood friends, each of whom is connected to his father in a different way, get indulged in his plan, along with an undercover cop.
The Powers of the Wu Xing
‘Wu Assassins’ pits the protagonist against the force of five enemies who possess the powers of various elements. Each Wu Xing piece allows its possessor to gain full control of a particular element. Starting with the Fire Wu, the powers are rather simple. (Till now, at least.) Uncle Six was burying a body when he stumbled upon the Fire Wu Xing. He had no idea what it was, but as soon as he touched it, the power took over him. It took him some time to get used to it. As soon as he knew he was good to go, he decided to kill his competition and took over full control of the Triad. For fifteen years, he was in the possession of the Wu Xing and we see him employ it for a good number of things. He can burn you from inside out, he can instantly raise the temperature of anything. Fire blasts are obvious, and he can even create weapons out of it, like the leash he used during his first fight with the Wu Assassin.
The second Wu Xing that we come across is Wood Wu. Alec McCullough was a retired assassin, living with his family in the jungles of Scotland in the 16th century. Ying Ying found him and made him accept his destiny as the Wu Assassin. He even succeeds in killing the Water and Wood Wu, but the loss of his family is too much for him to bear. He gives up the powers of the Assassin to accept the powers of the Wood Wu, in the hopes of bringing back his family. But nothing can resurrect the dead and he is forever haunted by it.
One of the powers of the Wood Wu is Wolverine-level healing, which further, grants him immortality. It is also one of the things that make him a formidable enemy. Another perk of being a Wood Wu is that you can heal others. Other than this, we don’t get to know more about it. We don’t see McCullough fighting the previous Wood Wu and we never get to see him indulge in action when he has it. Perhaps, in the next season! Another Wu Xing is Water Wu. As the name suggests, it gives its possessor the power to control water, be it from a river, a glass of water, or inside the human body. The more creative you can get with it, the more dangerous you are. Also, “water beats fire”, so that makes Water Wu more powerful than Fire Wu.