Where was Wu Assassins filmed? Behind Netflix's unexpected filming location

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Despite being set in California's San Francisco, Wu Assassins' filming location is quite different.

It's often a common occurrence that a film or TV show will film at a location and make it appear to be somewhere else.

The most recent and high profile example in recent months would be Spider-Man: Far From Home's use of locations across London which were used to portray the German capital of Berlin.

Netflix's new martial arts-heavy action series Wu Assassins uses a similar trick as it used an unexpected filming location during filming. But just where was the new series filmed?

What is Wu Assassins about?

Wu Assassins tells the story of a seemingly normal San Francisco Chinatown chef who is bestowed with the mysterious powers of the Wu Assassins, a group of ancient monks who sacrificed themselves so that one day a chosen warrior could restore balance to the troubled world of the Chinese triads.

The series looks set to feature plenty of super-slick action, almost akin to what we've seen in the rip-roaring John Wick trilogy. Couple that with a mysterious tale of gangs and a mysterious all-powerful warrior and Netflix have got an interesting prospect on their hands.

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Where is Wu Assassins filmed?

Despite the Netflix series being set in the urban metropolis of San Francisco's Chinatown, the actual filming locations for the show were quite different and far colder.

Yes, that's right, instead of filming the series where it's actually supposed to be set, Wu Assassins was actually filmed in the Canadian city of Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics as it happens.

Shooting on the Netflix series took place in Vancouver between August 8th and November 20th, 2018.

This photo taken on May 18, 2017 shows the Millennium Gate centered on Pender Street, marking one entrance to Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Why is it filmed there?

The reason behind the odd filming location is quite a simple one really. Filming in Vancouver is probably much, much cheaper than filming in the Californian city of San Francisco. 

Furthermore, Vancouver has a huge and bustling Chinatown of its own, which is actually one of the biggest historic Chinatown areas in all of North America so the decision to film Wu Assassins there is clearly a well-thought-out choice. 

To see Vancouver in all of its glory masquerading as San Francisco, check out Wu Assassins which has been available to stream on Netflix since it released on August 8th, 2019.

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