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The Films of Iko Uwais

June 08, 2020 Iko Uwais Season 1 Episode 67
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The Films of Iko Uwais
Jun 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 67
Iko Uwais

The Films of Iko Uwais are among the best martial arts action films ever made.   Although Uwais had small roles in the films Rogue One and Man of Tai Chi, the world was, largely, unaware of the catalogue of action films he had starred in.   It was not until his lead role in the English speaking, martial arts action series, Wu Assassins, premiered on Netflix that U.S. audiences became more aware of him.   Iko was discovered by filmmaker, Gareth Evan, while Evans was in Indonesia making a documentary on Pencak Silat, the indigenous martial art.  Together they formed a partnership, leading to a series of action films, including, 2009's Merantu, The Raid, and the Raid 2.  Iko went on to star on one of the best martial arts action films of all time, The Night Comes For Us.  Iko's charm and personality has helped him to penetrate the U.S. film market, starring with Mark Wahlberg and Dave Bautista in recent films.   In this episode, Taekwondo Life's Editor, Marc Zirogiannis, explores why Iko Uwais might be the most important martial artist to hit the big screen since Bruce Lee.



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The Films of Iko Uwais are among the best martial arts action films ever made.   Although Uwais had small roles in the films Rogue One and Man of Tai Chi, the world was, largely, unaware of the catalogue of action films he had starred in.   It was not until his lead role in the English speaking, martial arts action series, Wu Assassins, premiered on Netflix that U.S. audiences became more aware of him.   Iko was discovered by filmmaker, Gareth Evan, while Evans was in Indonesia making a documentary on Pencak Silat, the indigenous martial art.  Together they formed a partnership, leading to a series of action films, including, 2009's Merantu, The Raid, and the Raid 2.  Iko went on to star on one of the best martial arts action films of all time, The Night Comes For Us.  Iko's charm and personality has helped him to penetrate the U.S. film market, starring with Mark Wahlberg and Dave Bautista in recent films.   In this episode, Taekwondo Life's Editor, Marc Zirogiannis, explores why Iko Uwais might be the most important martial artist to hit the big screen since Bruce Lee.



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