Daniel Wu Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Daughter, Warcraft, In To The Band Lands, Movies

Daniel Wu Yan-Zu is an American-born Hong Kong actor, director and producer who stars in the AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands. Since his film debut in 1998

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Daniel Wu Biography

Daniel Wu Yan-Zu is an American-born Hong Kong actor, director and producer who stars in the AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands. Since his film debut in 1998, Wu has been featured in over 60 films. In the Chinese language film industry, Wu is known as a “flexible and distinctive” leading actor.

Daniel Wu Age

Daniel Wu was born on September 30, 1974 in Berkeley, California, United States. As of 2018 Wu is 44 years old.

Daniel Wu Height

Daniel Wu stands at a height of 1.82 m.

Daniel Wu Wife

Daniel Wu married Lisa S. on April 6, 2010 in South Africa.

Daniel Wu Daughter

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. have a daughter called Raven, born in June 2013.

Daniel Wu Photo

Daniel Wu Parents

Daniel Wu’s parents, Diana, a college professor and George Wu, a retired engineer are natives of Shanghai, China. His father immigrated to the United States in 1949 after the communist revolution in China and met his mother in New York, where she was a student. After marrying, they settled in California.

Daniel Wu Sisters | Brother

Daniel Wu has two older sisters, Greta and Gloria and an older brother who died when he was two.

Daniel Wu Education

Daniel Wu attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California and later majored in architecture at the University of Oregon. While there, in 1994 Wu founded the University of Oregon Wushu Club and served as the team’s first coach. During this time, he also took film classes and frequented local theaters and came to enjoy the works of filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa and Luc Besson, whom Wu describes as “men of vision.” Following graduation, in 1997 Wu traveled to Hong Kong to witness the handover of Hong Kong, with no intention of taking on a movie career. At the suggestion of his sister, he began modeling. Film director Yonfan, approached Wu four months later about starring in an upcoming movie after seeing him featured in a clothing ad at a railway station.

Into The Band Lands | Warcraft

Daniel Wu began starring as Sunny on the AMC action series Into the Badlands in November 2015, for which he also serves as executive producer. Wu portrayed via motion capture and voiced Gul’dan in 2016, the central antagonist of the action fantasy film Warcraft, based upon the popular video game series by Blizzard.

Daniel Wu Career

Wu successfully completed his first movie, Yonfan’s Bishonen in 1998 despite his inability at the time to speak Hong Kong Cantonese or read Chinese. Still today, when Wu receives a Cantonese script, his assistant reads the entire piece, while he is making notes on the pronunciation. Wu was offered the leading role the day after Bishonen wrapped, in Mabel Cheung’s City of Glass (for which Wu was nominated as best new actor at the 18th Hong Kong Film Awards) and later, a supporting part in Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, from Andrew Lau’s gangster film series. Around this time, he met superstar Jackie Chan at a restaurant opening and was quickly signed to Chan’s JC Group with agent Willie Chan. In 1999, is when Wu’s breakthrough performance came with his role in Benny Chan’s Gen-X Cops. Wu followed this success with roles in a variety of movies including big-budget thriller Purple Storm, art-house production Peony Pavilion and the extremely successful Love Undercover. Wu received criticism in 2001, from the Hong Kong media for sexual scenes with Suki Kwan in Cop on a Mission, but Wu says that same criticism attracted the attention of directors and the film represented a turning point in the types of roles he chose in the future.

His first experience in film production came with his starring role in Julian Lee’s 2003 film, Night Corridor. Wu also participated in the search for funding due to budgetary constraints, for and distribution of, the film and recruited Jun Kung to create the soundtrack. Though the film, Night Corridor dealt with “risky” themes, Wu felt he had less reliance on image than many of his pop-star actor peers and he was nominated for best actor at Taiwan’s 40th Golden Horse Film Awards for his effort. Wu also took part as producer and creative director during 2003 on “MTV’s Whatever Things!”, a “Jackass”-styled program aired in Asia, also featuring Sam Lee,Terence Yin, Josie Ho and other celebrities. In 2003 also Wu took part in a stage production of The Happy Prince at the Edward Lam Dance Theater as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, during which he recited a 16-minute monologue in Cantonese, learned entirely from pinyin. Wu was nominated as best actor at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005, for his role in Derek Yee’s One Nite in Mongkok and as best supporting actor for New Police Story. Wu won the award for best supporting actor for New Police Story at the 41st Golden Horse Film Awards. Wu’s win came as a surprise, because he “didn’t think that much” of his performance in the film.

In 2005, Chinese media began to report that Wu had formed a boy band, Alive, with Terence Andrew Lin and Yin Conroy Chan. Wu and his bandmates posted updates, information, personal thoughts (including slamming Hong Kong Disneyland, for which they were spokespersons and the band’s music, at their official website. Wu made his writing and directorial debut in 2006, with The Heavenly Kings, which chronicles Alive’s formation and exploits. After the film’s release, however, it was revealed that The Heavenly Kings was actually a mockumentary of the Hong Kong pop music industry and Alive was constructed purely as a vehicle to make the movie; the film’s characters represented only 10 to 15% of their real-life counterparts and much of the footage blurred the line between fiction and reality. Wu admitted his own singing voice “sucked really bad” and the band had their voices digitally enhanced for its music, to prove that it was easy to fake that. Wu won the best new director award at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards, an achievement he called “a group effort” despite some backlash from the media over being intentionally fed false information in the movie about illegal downloads of the band’s music.

Daniel Wu Movies

Year

English title

Original title

Role

Notes

1998

Bishonen

Beautiful young love

Sam Fai

City of Glass

City of glass

Daniel

Credited as Daniel Ng

Young and Dangerous: The Prequel

New Young and Dangerous Boys Fighting

Big Head

Credited as Daniel Ng

1999

Gorgeous

Glass crucible

Photographer’s assistant

Gen-X Cops

SWAT new man

Daniel

Purple Storm

Purple rain storm

Todd Nguyen

2000

2000 AD

AD 2000

Benny

Undercover Blues

Punishment

Joe Wong

2001

Headlines

Number one

Peter Wong

Hit Team

Reloading police

General Bottle Inspector

Cop on a Mission

Knowing the law

Mike

Born Wild

Beast of the Beast

Tide Ho

Beijing Rocks

Beijing Lehe Road

Michael Wu

Peony Pavilion

Dreaming in the garden

Xing Zhi-gang

2002

Beauty and the Breast

Breast Enhancement Cup

Harper

Love Undercover

Xinza Shimei

Au Hoi-man

Princess D

Want to fly

Joker

Devil Face, Angel Heart

Change face

Long

The Peeping

Voyeur

Calvin

Naked Weapon

Naked agent

Jack Chen

2003

Night Corridor

Night cloister

Sam Yuen/Hung

Also producer

Love Undercover 2: Love Mission

Xinzha Shimei 2: Beautiful Mission

Au Hoi-man

Hidden Track

Looking for Jay Chou

Police officer

Miss Du Shi Niang

Miss Du Shi Niang

Ken Li

2004

Magic Kitchen

Magic kitchen

Kevin

Chiseen

Line

DVD version of
some segments of MTV’s Whatever Things

Enter the Phoenix

Big love loves beauty

Georgie Hung

One Nite in Mongkok

Mong Kok night

Lai Fu

Around the World in 80 Days

N/A

Bak Mei

The Twins Effect II

Thousands of Machines II: Huadu Battle

Wei Liao

Beyond Our Ken

Princess Revenge

Ken

New Police Story

New police story

Joe Kwan

2005

DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang

Dragon knife

Hung Lang

Voiceover

House of Fury

Jingwu family

Jason

Divergence

Sanchakou

Coke

Drink-Drank-Drunk

Thousand cups are not drunk

Michael

Everlasting Regret

Long hate song

Kang Mingxun

2006

Rob-B-Hood

Baby Plan

Brokeback Security agent Daniel

McDull, the Alumni

Chuntian Huahua Alumni Association

Hostage-taker

The Banquet

Night banquet

Prince Wu Luan

The Heavenly Kings

Four Great Tenno

Daniel Wu

Also writer, director and producer

2007

Protégé

disciple

Nick

Ming Ming

Clear

A D

Blood Brothers

Paradise mouth

Ah Fung

2009

Shinjuku Incident

Shinjuku Incident

Jie/Joe

Overheard

Overheard

Max Lam

Like a Dream

Dreamlike

Max

Also associate producer

Jump

Jump out

Doctor

2010

Hot Summer Days

Love in the city

Sushi master

Triple Tap

King of guns

Chong Tze-wai

2011

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Single men and women

Kevin Fong

The Founding of a Party

Party building

Hu Shih

Overheard 2

Eavesdropping 2

Joe Szema

Inseparable

inseparable

At the

2012

The Great Magician

Big magician

Captain Tsai

Cameo

Tai Chi 0

Tai Chi

Mad Monk

Also producer

Tai Chi Hero

Tai Chi 2 Heroes Rise

Mad Monk

Also producer

The Man with the Iron Fists

N/A

Poison Dagger

The Last Supper

King’s Feast

Xiang Yu

CZ12

Zodiac

Hospital Doctor

Cameo

2013

Europa Report

N/A

William Xu

Control

control

Mark

Also producer

2014

That Demon Within

Magic police

Dave Wong

Overheard 3

Eavesdropping 3

Joe

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

Single men and women 2

Kevin Fong

2015

I Am Somebody

I am a passerby.

Go Away Mr. Tumor

Get out of the way! Tumor

2016

Warcraft

N/A

Gul’dan

Sky on Fire

Oki Ueno

Zong Tianbao

2017

Geostorm

N/A

Cheng Long

Wished

Reverse life

Cameo

2018

Tomb Raider

N/A

Lu Ren

Daniel Wu TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2015–2019

Into the Badlands

Sunny

Also executive producer

2016

Skylanders Academy

King Pen

Voice

Daniel Wu Awards and Nominations

Year

Award

Category

Nominated work

Result

1998

18th Hong Kong Film Awards

Best New Performer

City of Glass

Nominated

2003

40th Golden Horse Awards

Best Leading Actor

Night Corridor

Nominated

2004

41st Golden Horse Awards

Best Supporting Actor

New Police Story

Won

2005

24th Hong Kong Film Awards

Best Actor

One Nite in Mongkok

Nominated

Best Supporting Actor

New Police Story

Nominated

Golden Rooster Awards

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Golden Bauhinia Awards

Best Actor

One Nite in Mongkok

Nominated

Best Supporting Actor

New Police Story

Nominated

2007

26th Hong Kong Film Awards

Best New Director

The Heavenly Kings

Won

7th Chinese Film Media Awards

Best New Director

Won

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

Best Director

Nominated

Best Screenplay

Nominated

2009

46th Golden Horse Awards

Best Leading Actor

Like A Dream

Nominated

2014

6th Macau International Movie Festival

Best Actor

That Demon Within

Nominated

2015

34th Hong Kong Film Awards

Best Actor

Nominated

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