Gentlemen of Asskickery: Wu Jing

Wu Jing, aka, “Jacky Wu,” returns to Midnight Madness with SPL 2: A Time For Consequences. Madniks might remember Wu Jing from the first SPL (2005), directed by Wilson Yip Wai-Shun, and Wu Jing and Donnie Yen beating the bejeezus out of each other in an alley fight.

Wu Jing was born in Beijing in 1974. He entered the Beijing Wushu School when he was six and is a Chinese National Wushu Champion. Wu got his first break when he was discovered by director and choreographer, Yuen Woo-Ping. Yuen gave Wu a role in Tai Chi 2 / Tai Chi Boxer (1996).

Here Wu fights Billy Chow in Yuen Woo-Ping’s Tai Chi 2:

Which led to Wu starring in Yuen Woo-Ping’s 1997 tv series Master of Tai Chi.

Yuen Woo-Ping and Wu Jing made two more tv series together: New Shaolin Temple and Swordsman of Flying Dagger. Man, I wish I got TVB. But my sadness is easily distracted by this fight between Wu Jing and be-ascoted Sammo Hung in Fatal Contact (2006). (Guys, Sammo Hung is fighting in an ascot).

A nice fight between Wu and Shawn Yue in Invisible Target (2007).

Legendary Assassin (2008) was co-directed by Wu and Li Chung-Chi, who is SPL 2‘s fight choreographer.

Wu Jing wrote, directed and starred in Wolf Warriors / I Fight For China (2015). It features Scott Adkins (The Undisputed Series; Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning). The hand-to-hand fighting starts at about 1:45.

And to get you in the mood for SPL 2, Wu Jing’s alleyway throwdown with Donnie Yen in SPL.

 

SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES screens:

Thu, Sept 17, 11:59 PM RYERSON

Fri, Sept 18, 3:30 PM BLOOR HOT DOCS

Sun, Sept 20, 6:30 PM SCOTIABANK

 

This post was originally published on the official blog of the Midnight Madness program of the Toronto International Festival.

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