NOC Exclusive Interview: Ludi Lin and Max Huang of ‘Mortal Kombat’

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I was lucky enough to sit down for a quick conversation with Actors, Ludi Lin & Max Huang! Both will be appearing as Liu Kang & Kung Lao respectively in Mortal Kombat premiering in Theaters and HBO Max this Friday!

BIO: Ludi Lin (Liu Kang) was named by Variety as one of Asia’s Seven Actors to Watch, and he continues to captivate audiences globally with his dynamic performances on film and television.

Lin is currently shooting The CW’s reboot of the classic martial arts action-adventure series Kung Fu, opposite Olivia Liang and Tzi Ma. Lin plays the character of Kerwin, a charismatic heir to a billionaire family fortune who is driven by a deep antipathy towards his father which leads him down a path of revenge and vindication.

Lin can also be seen in the Chinese science fiction drama Humans. Set in 2035, the series explores our rapidly evolving relationship with technology. The series debuted this past Lunar New Year in China and is one of the top three shows on both the Tencent and Iqiyi streaming platforms. He also stars in the upcoming Chinese films Death Caller and Summer Knight, which won Best Future Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. His other feature credits include the civil rights drama Son of the South, executive produced by Spike Lee, DC’s box office hit film Aquaman opposite Jason Momoa, and Power Rangers.

On television, Lin starred in Charlie Booker’s critically acclaimed dystopian science fiction anthology series Black Mirror, Netflix’s Ghost Bride, and the drama series Marco Polo.

Lin was born in the southern coast of China, where he learned to speak Mandarin. At the age of four, he immigrated to Hong Kong, where he learned to speak Cantonese fluently. His immersion into the Western culture came at the age of nine, when he studied abroad in Australia. He currently resides in Canada.

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BIO: Max Huang (Kung Lao) is an actor, filmmaker and martial artist of German and Chinese ethnicity. He recently directed and starred in his award-winning original short, No Way Out.

With an extensive background in martial arts, Huang started his career as a stunt performer, stunt coordinator and as a part of the renowned Jackie Chan Stunt Team. His credits partly include Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade.

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From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure Mortal Kombat, inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe films, Aquaman), Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana — the immense power from within his soul — in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2, Netflix’s Wu Assassins) as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (Midway) as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV’s Supergirl) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (Aquaman) as Liu Kang; with Chin Han (Skyscraper) as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (Star Trek Beyond) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscraper) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young.

McQuoid directed from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984), from a story by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) and Russo, based on the videogame created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Jeremy Stein and Larry Kasanoff served as executive producers.

Mortal Kombat is rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references.

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