Aug 31, 2021
Simu Liu discusses his career, Asian empowerment and community.
Actor, author and advocate Simu Liu will make his debut as the title character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, Liu makes history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also starred in the CBC/Netflix comedy series Kim’s Convenience for five seasons, which was the first Canadian television series with an all-Asian lead cast and tells the day-to-day micro-dramas encountered by a Korean immigrant family that runs a corner grocery store. The series won the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017 and Best Comedy Series at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.
Liu’s first major role was on the critically acclaimed OMNI crime drama Blood and Water, the first trilingual series (English, Mandarin, and Cantonese) produced by Canadian television, for which he received nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards. Aside from his performance on screen, Liu participated in the writing room for the series by contributing in the show’s second season as a story editor and as the main writer for one episode. He most recently completed production on the adventure feature Arthur the King. Liu also stars in Lissette Feliciano’s Women Is Losers, which will premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. His other film and television credits include ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Comedy Central’s Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, NBC's Taken, and Amazon’s The Expanse.
Moderated by Yul Kwon.
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