‘Warrior’ is an American action drama history television series that airs on Cinemax. The show is created by Justin Lin and Jonathan Tropper based on the original concept by Bruce Lee.
The history of the series can be traced back to 1971 when Bruce Lee thought of developing a concept for television titled ‘The Warrior’. The concept included a story about a material artist in the Old West of America. Lee pitched his idea to Warner Bros as well as Paramount. Both the studios didn’t warm up to his idea at the time — indicated as such — but later, Warner Bros. turned his concept into another series titled ‘Kung Fu’ with David Carradine in the lead role. Lee was not given credit by the studio. Interestingly, at the end of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction‘, when Jules retires from his job as a hitman and enforcer for Marsellus Wallace, he tells his partner Vincent that he intends to ‘walk the Earth like Caine in Kung Fu’. The show ‘Kung Fu’ itself is about a Shaolin monk in the Wild West, much like the plot of ‘Warrior’. Anyhow, Tarantino was familiar with ‘Kung Fu’ and even went on to cast Carradine as the titular character in his ‘Kill Bill‘ movies.
Apparently, Lee was not cast in the show because of his thick accent and ethnicity. After more than four decades, in 2015, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and Perfect Storm Entertainment announced that they will reproduce the series and air it on Cinemax. They decided to choose Justin Lin to direct the series. After their announcement, the production began on 2017, October 22, in Cape Town of South Africa.
Loni Peristere, Lin Oeding, David Petrarca, Assaf Bernstein, and Kevin Tancharoen directed the series. The show airs on Cinemax and first premiered on April 5, 2019. Overall, the show received a positive response on its release. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes summed up the critical consensus as: “Though it often buckles under the weight of its lofty ambitions and ideological pedigree, Warrior’s devil may care attitude provides thrilling energy and action that will please those looking for a period drama with a little kick.”
Warrior Cast: Who is in it?
The protagonist of the series is Ah Sahm, who is played by Andrew Koji. Along with acting, Andrew is famous as a writer and producer, who might seem familiar to you because of his work in ‘The Wrong Mans’ and ‘Call the Midwife’. He is known to have written and produced his own films. Ah Sahm is a Chinese Kung Fu practitioner of American ancestry from his American grandfather
The role of Young Jun is portrayed by Jason Tobin, an actor, writer, and director form Hong Kong, and best known for his acting in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift‘ released in 2006. Jun is Father Jun’s son and heir to the Hop Wei. Olivia Cheng, the famous actress from ‘Marco Polo’, stars in the role of Ah Toy, a bisexual Madame in charge of the Hop Wei’s brothel.