We’ve been gearing up all week for the debut of Into the Badlands this Sunday night after an all-new episode of The Walking Dead. Yesterday, we re-posted Timothy Tau’s Hyphen interview with star Daniel Wu. I also had a chance to briefly talk with the Hong Kong movie icon about martial arts and stereotypes, but more importantly, we’re teaming up with AMC to giveaway some really cool Into the Badlands goodies.
One of the reasons we’re so psyched for Into the Badlands here at the NOC is because we’re quite invested in the idea of an Asian American-led martial arts show. If Badlands succeeds, it will hopefully open the door for more genre shows to spotlight Asian Americans and other characters of color.
Moreover, Daniel Wu is reclaiming the idea that martial arts should be seen as a negative stereotype. “You know I built a career in Asia for 18 years where I played roles that had nothing to do with my race because everybody’s Chinese in the films,” says Wu. “So when I’m doing a kung fu movie in Hong Kong — that’s made by Hong Kong people — is that still a stereotype? For American audiences, for Caucasian people, yes, it’s the first thing that they think of when they think of Asian people, right?”
I’ve made the argument before that people who dismiss martial arts sight unseen are falling to the same negative prejudices that they presume to argue against. “But at the same time, [martial arts] is a genre that Chinese people have been doing for almost 100 years now,” Wu says. “What we’re trying to do here is to take the Wuxia genre and reboot it for a Western audience — take that genre that we’ve done very well in Asia and put it into a different environment and kind of reboot it and flip it on its head.”
If you want to be a part of that universe, be sure to tune in this Sunday night at 10pm and live-tweet along with us using the hashtags #IntoTheBadlands and #DemLands. In the meantime, you can get this poster — signed by stars Daniel Wu and Aramis Knight — and a specially made DVD set containing the martial arts films that inspired the look and feel of Into the Badlands — hand=picked by the creators of the show! Find out how to enter and win below.
Step 1: Follow @TheNerdsofColor on Twitter.
Step 2: Tweet this message:
From all the tweets, we’ll randomly pick one lucky winner.
The giveaway ends at 11pm Sunday night, November 15, at the end of Into the Badlands’ East Coast airing. The winners will be announced via twitter during the West Coast airing of the show and will receive a Direct Message with further information. This giveaway is open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Good luck!