Interview: ‘Tomb Raider’ Star Daniel Wu Reflects on His Career

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Daniel Wu and Alicia Vikander in a scene from “Tomb Raider.”
PHOTO: Warner Bros. Pictures

HONG KONG — The “Tomb Raider” reboot opened worldwide this month, so it’s a good time to look at star Daniel Wu’s career. I interviewed Mr. Wu for a recent article in Cathay Pacific’s Discovery magazine, in which he talked about his television series “Into the Badlands,” his martial-arts background, and his love of South Africa, where he filmed “Tomb Raider,” in which he appears opposite Alicia Vikander.

From the article:

“Wu also began studying martial arts from an early age, taking up Shaolin kung fu in the Bay Area when he was 11. By his late teens he was training with Beijing-born Zhang Hongmei and her American husband Phillip Wong, both wushu masters.

“That childhood training has definitely paid off for “Into the Badlands,” a “Journey to the West”-inspired martial arts series set in a dystopian civilisation. Ruling barons battle for power in a feudal society, while marauding bandits roam the landscape reigning terror over the weak. Wu stars as Sunny, a warrior leading a band of fighters under the command of one of the barons.”

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