Wu Jing’s Personal influence
In writing and performing a tale about the challenges of trying to help others in intense and dangerous environments, Wu Jing is able to call on direct personal experience.
In 2008, the Sichuan Province of China was struck by a huge earthquake. It measured 8.0 on the Richter Scale and was felt more than a thousand miles away. It had a devastating effect on the region, leaving an estimated 69,000 people dead and 4.8 million homeless.
Wu Jing felt compelled to try and help so volunteered with the One Foundation, which was founded by Jet Li. He travelled to the region to bring essential supplies to those in need and spent time carrying out relief work in some of the most remote and mountainous regions affected.
For all the action and martial arts that have made the Wolf Warrior films so successful, that experience can be felt through both and has no doubt influenced Wu Jing’s perspective on the world.
Now many in China and beyond are tipping him to be next Chinese actor to make it in Hollywood. He has every chance. There is a huge passion for quality action and martial arts movies in the west right now and with the success of Wolf Warrior 2 behind him, Wu Jing is a guaranteed box office star in his native China at least.
But perhaps more importantly, he has the backing of China’s Communist Party leaders. They are quickly learning the benefits of soft power to sell their vision of China. And with Wu Jing as an all-action Chinese hero, he fits that vision perfectly. And with Hollywood always keen to exploit the financial opportunities that the Chinese market offers, it appears that turning Wu Jing into a star might be something that is in the best interests of everyone.