Actor suffers 'serious' injury after being struck by drone while filming Netflix show
The injury reportedly required "20 to 30 stitches".
Taiwanese leading man Kai Ko is said to have suffered a serious injury on the set of a new Netflix series.
According to Taiwan outlet United Daily News (UDN), the 31-year-old was struck in the cheekbone area of his face by a camera-carrying drone while filming an action scene for Agent From Above, a Mandarin-language fantasy series.
The incident occurred on 27 December, with Ko's manager telling UDN that the accident caused "serious facial disfigurement" for the actor and that the injury required "20 to 30 stitches".
Ko's manager also said the actor is now “recuperating" and hopes to return to work “as soon as possible".
Agent From Above is produced by Singapore’s mm2 Asia and Taiwan’s Good Films Production, who issued a statement reported in Variety that reads:
“Kai Ko was involved in a drone accident during the production of Agent From Above on 27 December 2022. The shoot was operating within standard safety guidelines.
"The drone’s propeller blades were also shielded by a protective layer and there was no explosion or blades shattering as reported in some articles.
“We are deeply regretful that the accident occurred and injured Kai’s cheeks. Kai was immediately provided medical attention, and his talent management team has also arranged micro-stitching for him.
"The production team is sorry for the incident and is further investigating the matter. We have temporarily paused filming for our lead actor Kai to allow him time to rest and recover. We are looking forward to having him back on set when he is fully recovered.”
In the series, Ko plays a former drug addict who is recruited to do the bidding of the legendary Chinese god San Tai Zi as redemption for his sins.