Reviews of The Knick’s Finale – Crutchfield

Ping Wu does Barrow a favor.

The only story that came close to putting a smile on my face was Barrow’s tale. Barrow, who rightfully got c***punched at the top of the episode, and then tried to use “Thackery’s debt” to pay for a gangland hit on Collier. Didn’t work though. And now Barrow’s debt’s been picked up by Ping Wu, who found Collier’s ledger. And not only is Ping Wu more of a physical threat than Collier (at least on his own, as he managed to take out five guys, including Collier, in fifteen seconds) but he flat-out said that he would have fed someone like Barrow to his pigs long ago. So that handily provided the crowd-pleasing moment of “Crutchfield.
Enter the Ping Wu plan, which Thackery—cackling in his drug mania—advises against: “You’re talking about bargaining with the devil, Herman.” On Barrow’s pretense that Thackery wants Collier dead, the assassin enters Collier’s den and slaughters the tenderloin district boss and three members of his crew. Barrow is glad to read about the deaths in the paper, but when he gets to his office, Wu is there. Wu looks over Collier’s accounts book and says, “A man who owes me $9,000 as long as you owe Collier would be fed to my pigs…This, my book now”—setting up a “the devil you know” regret-filled season 2 for Barrow.
Not every bad-to-worse story of “Crutchfield” was specifically medicine-related, though I suppose Barrow did need to have his groin treated after being abused for the final time by Bunky Collier. But in going to Ping Wu to escape his debt — which allowed Steven Soderbergh to flex his “Haywire” muscles with a brief but memorable action sequence — our resident weasel has elected for his own cocaine-to-heroin transition.

Then there’s Herman, for whom the phrase, “Nothing breaks a man like a good cock punch,” has never been more prophetic. After one of Bunky’s goons delivers the aforementioned jab to the crotch, the hospital administrator hatches a plan to rid himself of the loan shark by enlisting Ping Wu to kill him, passing it off as fulfillment of a debt to Thackery. Whether the ensuing assassination sequence, also reminiscent ofThe Godfather, plays as accurate or ludicrous will be left for another time (to begin, google Sai Wing Mock), but there’s no denying the entertainment value of a good ole chainmail n’ hatchet action scene. Naturally, Herman being Herman, the whole escapade only makes things worse, since he’s now indebted to a homicidal kung fu master.

Herman. Still $9,000 in debt to Bunky Collier, Herman Barrow was interrupted in the middle of sex, yelled at and, for good measure, punched in the groin. In desperation he went to Ping Wu, the pimp and opium dispenser who owed Thackery his life, and told him that Thackery wanted Bunky dead. In a scene that was just a little over the top, Ping appeared at Bunky’s office, slashed his underlings’ throats and threw an ax that split Bunky’s forehead. He then appeared at Herman’s office where he announced that he had found Bunky’s account book and knew that the debt was Herman’s. So now Herman owes Ping the $9,000.

TV Review: THE KNICK: Season 1, Episode 10: Crutchfield [Cinemax]

Desperate Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) lied and told Ping Wu (Perry Yung) that Thackery wanted Bunky Collier (Danny Hoch) dead…in an effort to enlist him to do the killing. And that he did. In one fell swoop, Ping killed several of Collier’s henchmen, ending promptly with an axe to the pimp’s forehead. [Ping Wu is an excellent character that I hope the creators will bring back next season. I personally want to know more about him, his life and the opium culture at this time in history.]

UK VOD TV review: The Knick Episode 10 (Crutchfield)

Up to his balding dome in debt to Bunky Collier, he turns to Ping Wu (Perry Yung) – the man who owns the opium den Thack regularly visits – to try a more drastic solution. It’s undoubtedly the most insane plot turn the series has tried so far, but it works because of Yung’s deft theatrical touch…


The Knick Final Episode – Crutchfield reviews and Ping Wu.

Wow! I totally enjoyed watching Crutchfield – the final episode of the Knick.

Barrow comes to Ping Wu
Barrow comes to Ping Wu


Here are a few reviews that mentions my character Ping Wu:

“Wu is as awesomely terrifying as he is overly exoticized. As intoxicating as it is, the Wu scenes are a little ‘30s serial.” – By Brandon Nowalk, A.V. Club

“Wu moves through the offices with the skill of a surgeon, slicing throats, perforating internal organs, and finally planting a hatchet into Collier’s face from across the room. He’s efficient and effective in a way Thack and Edwards are on their best days, but what set’s Wu apart is his goal: he actually wants his patients to die.

Perhaps there’s something to be said for Wu’s expediency, both in terms of how he flips the script on Barrow and how he doesn’t let anyone suffer…

“but there’s no denying the entertainment value of a good ole chainmail n’ hatchet action scene. Naturally, Herman being Herman, the whole escapade only makes things worse, since he’s now indebted to a homicidal kung fu master.”


The Opium Den in The Knick was getting hot!

It got a little hot in the den in last night’s Golden Lotus episode of The Knick.


This review says I have a silky voice!

This review describes the scene.

Another review that mentions my name!

Another review that mentions the Golden Lotus an dhow it’s used:

I am looking forward to the last episode next Friday. Cinemax 10 pm Eastern  Check it out this trailer!

– Perry

Fred Ho’s Memorial at BAM Cafe Oct 3.

I went to Fred Ho’s memorial celebration at the BAM Cafe last night. Fred was one of the first innovators of cultural fusion in the arts. He mixed Asian instruments with American jazz to tell new stories of America from a non Eurocentric perspective. It was bold and rockin. It was fresh. It was sexy. Fred will continue to be one of my main inspirations. Below is a cast shot of Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armaggedon at La Mama April 2013.  It was one of funnest shows I’ve had the pleasure of performing in in over twenty years of doing theater in New York City. Knowing Fred, I sure he’s wreaking havoc in the after life.    fredhoshewolf2

The Knick E9 The Golden Lotus and SLANT


Check out this interview Dan Bacalzo did with SLANT:

It’s been quite hectic with all the rehearsals lately but I’m so excited to be performing in Philly at the 2014 Asian American Theater Festival and Conference. Oct 9th.

Hope to see you there!

Also very excited for the next episode of the Knock call The Golden Lotus. 10pm Eastern on Cinemax. The Golden Lotus is a Chinese erotic novel written in the Ming Dynasty. Sorry NO Spoilers!

See you at the movies… or the theatre!  😉 Perry

Episode 8 of the Knick

Just wanted to share this shot from Episode 8 of the Knick – Working Late a Lot.



This review from Entertainment Weekly references my character’s new friendship with Thackery.

This review form MSTARZ News says I have the best line in the episode!

Other reviews that mentions Ping Wu:

Also got a mention in this review of Episode 7 – Get the Rope:

Stay tuned for the last two episodes of Season 1!

– Perry