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Netflix’s Wu Assassins combines martial arts with Blackpink and it’s absolutely perfect


Iko Uwais prepares for a fight
Iko Uwais in Netflix’s The Night Comes for Us

Incredible martial arts set to a K-pop soundtrack may sound like a fan-made mash-up, but Netflix has made that combination into a reality in the latest clip for Wu Assassins, the streaming service’s upcoming action show. The clip features The Raid: Redemption’s Iko Uwais catching knives and fighting through a hallway worth of henchmen, all with K-pop sensation Blackpink’s “Boombayah” blaring in the background. And honestly, nothing could make me more excited for a show.

The show will follow Uwais as an aspiring chef who discovers he’s actually a Wu Assassin. As a Wu Assassin, he’s forced to defend San Francisco’s Chinatown from the forces of evil. Uwais, who is primarily known for his incredible action work in The Raid series, also serves as the Wu Assassins’ lead martial arts choreographer and stunt coordinator. Joining Uwais in the cast will be Vikings’ Katheryn Winnick, and Altered Carbon’s Byron Mann. Acclaimed Hong Kong action director Stephen Fung will also be joining the series to direct the first two episodes. With some of the best action stars and talent in the business at the helm, the show’s sure to have plenty of incredible fights.

While the choreography in the clip is outstanding, it’s the addition of “Boombayah” by K-pop sensation Blackpink that really turns this clip into something special. Blackpink is one of K-pop’s hottest groups at the moment, particularly in the US, where they’ve become the highest charting all-female K-pop group on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their single “Kill this Love” which was released earlier this year. It’s unclear if any of Blackpink’s music will make it into the final show, or if we can expect the rest of the fights to feature such creative musical choices, but based on this clip an entire martial arts show set to K-pop seems perfect.

Netflix will release the first full trailer for Wu Assassins on Tuesday, and the series will debut on the streaming service on Aug. 9.

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