Wu Jing (吴京，born on 3 April 1974), sometimes credited as Jacky Wu or Jing Wu, is a Chinese martial artist, actor and director. Wu is best known for his roles in various martial arts films such as Tai Chi Boxer, Fatal Contact and the SPL films, and as Leng Feng in 2017 mega-hit Chinese action film Wolf Warriors 2.
At age six he was sent to the Beijing Sports Institute at Shichahai. Both his father and grandfather were also martial artists. Like Jet Li before him, he competed as a member of the Beijing Wushu Team. He won first place in several national level wushu competitions at the junior level and continued to compete as an adult, despite his increasing height to 175 cm. He can speak Mandarin, and conversational Cantonese.
Wu Jing and Xie Nan began dating in 2012. They married in 2013 or 2014. On 25 August 2014, they had a boy named Wu Suowei (吴所谓).
In April 1995, Wu was spotted by martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, Wu played Hawkman / Jackie in 1996 film Tai Chi Boxer, his first Hong Kong film debut. Since Wu has appeared in numerous mainland Chinese wuxia television series. He has also worked with choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung in 2003 film Drunken Monkey. Wu achieved success in Hong Kong action cinema for his role as a vicious assassin in 2005 film SPL: Sha Po Lang.
In 2006, Wu was continued his move into Hong Kong cinema by starring in the film Fatal Contact. Wu is the male lead in 2007 film Twins Mission, starring the Twins duo and Sammo Hung. He also worked with Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue and director Benny Chan on the police action film Invisible Target which was released in July 2007. In March 2008, Wu made his directorial debut, alongside action choreographer Nicky Li, on his film Legendary Assassin.
On 31 May 2008, Wu was a volunteer for the One Foundation and assisting in the Sichuan earthquake. He carried out relief work in the earthquake affected areas in the more remote mountainous region. With him are several One Foundation volunteers as well as Dreamboat manager Yao Guozhi. Bringing with them lots of basic necessities like rice and tents, as well as bags, books and chocolates for the kids.
Wu played Lok Tin-hung in 2008 film Fatal Move, along with Sammo Hung, Danny Lee and Simon Yam. Wu played Assassin in 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor his first American film debut, alongside Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
Wu played Jing Neng in 2011 martial arts film Shaolin alongside Nicholas Tse, Andy Lau and Jackie Chan. Wu reprised a different role as Chan Chi-kit in the 2015 Hong Kong action film SPL II: A Time For Consequences.
Wu directed and starred in the action war film Wolf Warriors and its 2017 sequal Wolf Warriors 2. The latter film has become a hit at the Chinese summer box office, and earned a total of CN¥2.2 billion in its first eight days of release.
Wolf Warrior 2: The nationalist action film storming China
“Anyone who offends China will be killed no matter how far the target is.”
That is the tagline for Wolf Warriors 2, the Chinese box office hit that is equal parts testosterone-fuelled machismo – think blazing guns, explosions, and tanks – and chest-thumping Chinese patriotism.
It sees a soldier venturing into an African warzone and saving hundreds of lives from Western baddies. It’s basically the plot of your typical Hollywood action movie, but this time it’s a Chinese man upholding justice and keeping the world safe.
Following in the footsteps of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, martial arts expert Wu Jing is among a new generation of Chinese action stars turned directors.
His first Wolf Warrior film came out in 2014, but it didn’t make much of an impact. Mainstream movies, especially those promoting patriotism, usually don’t do very well in China.
Wolf Warrior 2, however, has become a phenomenon.
The film has raked in a record 1.6bn yuan ($238m; £181m) in just one week. The massive response in China also made the film top the global box office worldwide last weekend, beating Hollywood blockbuster Dunkirk.
The film revolves around a covert rescue mission when rebels overrun a town in an unnamed African country.
Leng Feng, a Chinese special forces soldier played by Wu Jing, is sent in to save Chinese businessmen and locals held by Western mercenaries.
Many moviegoers said online that they were touched by the patriotic plot.
“This movie is the best Chinese action movie,” one social media user wrote. “Shockingly good – hot blood and tough guys. I shed tears after watching it,” said another.
One reason for the enthusiastic response compared to the first Wolf Warrior film is its improved action scenes.
Many in China have praised the film for its combat scenes and stunts – such as tanks skidding around like the cars in the Fast and Furious franchise – saying they are of “Hollywood quality”.
The movie, which is entirely privately funded, has also been lauded for its attention to detail and reportedly features close replicas of many of the latest weapons and artillery used by the Chinese army.
But timing has also contributed to its success, with the Chinese nation in the throes of a new wave of patriotism.
The film premiered just ahead of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese army, a hugely symbolic event for the country.
Over the weekend, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held a grand military parade which presented the latest in China’s arsenal of weapons.
In a stern speech, which in parts was not dissimilar to lines from the film, President Xi Jinping vowed to fight anyone who tried to split China.
The Chinese government’s mouthpiece People’s Daily hailed Wolf Warrior 2 as a “superhero movie of Chinese style” that showed “fearless heroism and responsibility” and evoked passion for patriotism.
But not all in China are convinced by the message.
“Wu Jing took advantage of mainstream politics,” one commenter wrote on Douban, a popular Chinese website where people can rate and comment on movies. “It’s such a publicity stunt.”
Another Douban user wrote: “We used to laugh at personal heroism, but binding all-powerful superheroes with patriotism is even worse.”
It was not the only patriotic movie that came out recently.
Released on the same day as Wolf Warrior 2, The Founding of an Army chronicles the events which led to the set-up of the PLA.
It’s being called a “salute to the 90th anniversary” of its founding, and is far more reminiscent of traditional propaganda films.
In an attempt to draw a younger audience, it features pop stars better known for their singing or acting in romance dramas to play historical revolutionary figures.
The public response, however, has been muted. It got only a fifth of Wolf Warrior 2’s box office takings in the first four days of its release.
Many have complained about its focus on attracting young fans rather than quality.
Such criticism appears to have been hushed up – the comment and rating sections for this movie on Douban are now closed.