TONG WARS DRAMA SERIES “WARRIOR,” BASED ON THE WRITINGS OF MARTIAL ARTS LEGEND BRUCE LEE, DEBUTS APRIL 5 ON CINEMAX
The drama sequence WARRIOR begins its ten-episode season FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), solely on CINEMAX. Filmed in Cape City, South Africa, the present is predicated on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and is created and government produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) beneath Tropper Ink Productions, government produced by Justin Lin (director of “Quick & Livid 6”) for Good Storm Leisure and government produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Leisure.
Starring Andrew Koji (“Quick & Livid 6”) as martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, WARRIOR additionally options sequence regulars Kieran Bew (“The Avenue”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Sport of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (“Invictus”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“Quick & Livid 6”), Jason Tobin (“The Quick & the Livid: Tokyo Drift”), Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Copper”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”).
WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set through the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown within the second half of the 19th century. The sequence follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco beneath mysterious circumstances. After proving his price as a fighter, Ah Sahm turns into a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one in every of Chinatown’s strongest tongs (Chinese language organized crime household).
Befriended by Wang Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer and profiteer in Chinatown, Ah Sahm is taken beneath the wing of Younger Jun (Jason Tobin), the hard-partying son of the Hop Wei’s chief, Father Jun (Perry Yung), who’s going through an imminent opium battle with a rival tong. As he’s indoctrinated within the guidelines of Chinatown gangs, Ah Sahm wins the arrogance of a canny brothel madam, Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), revealing to her the true intentions of his journey to America.
Over the course of the season, Ah Sahm crosses boundaries inside and outdoors Chinatown, bringing him into contact with tong rivals Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), a gorgeous and ruthless Chinese language lady who has achieved a place of energy in one of many tongs, and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), a tong lieutenant and Gung Fu grasp. As violence erupts, Sergeant “Huge Invoice” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) and Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), a transplanted southerner and rookie cop, are tasked with forming a Chinatown squad.
In the meantime, working-class chief and hard Irishman Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger) is preventing for all Irish laborers by making an attempt to inflict as a lot injury as potential on the Chinese language immigrants he says are stealing their jobs. Amidst the strife, power-hungry San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), who has his personal political aspirations, have interaction in widespread corruption, whereas the mayor’s younger spouse, Penny (Joanna Vanderham), finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage.
Episode 1: “The Itchy Onion”
Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a newly arrived Chinese language immigrant with severe preventing abilities, is launched to Chinatown’s most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer. After impressing Younger Jun (Jason Tobin), son of tong chief Father Jun (Perry Yung), Ah Sahm is branded and brought to a brothel, the place he befriends Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), a courtesan with connections.
Later, in the hunt for a lady who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), followers of the rival tong chief Lengthy Zii (Henry Yuk), who’s making an attempt to keep away from an opium battle with the Hop We – a battle that Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), deputy to San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay), actively promotes. In the meantime, after two Chinese language laborers are killed by white thugs, police sergeant “Huge Invoice” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) is tasked with making a Chinatown squad. Enlisting southern-born cop Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), Invoice quickly finds that the hostility between the Chinese language and white dock staff, whose unofficial chief is Irish powerful Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger), is unlikely to finish anytime quickly.
Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Assaf Bernstein.
Episode 2: “There’s No China within the Bible”
Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Intercepting a cargo of opium on the docks, Younger Jun (Jason Tobin), with Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo (Wealthy Ting) in tow, decides to ship a message to Lengthy Zii (Henry Yuk). Huge Invoice (Kieran Bew) and Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) examine a grisly homicide scene in an alley subsequent to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham), the younger spouse of San Francisco’s mayor (Christian McKay), finds herself in a bind whereas visiting the wharf along with her Chinese language manservant, Jacob (Kenneth Fok). Ah Sahm pays a steep worth for enjoying the hero. The Lengthy Zii clear up a large number, and brace for extra bloodshed.
Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Loni Peristere.
Episode three: “John Chinaman”
Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Leary (Dean Jagger) pressures gentleman industrialist Byron Mercer (Graham Hopkins), who’s Penny’s father, to rent his males for a cable-car monitor job – even though Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) hasn’t but awarded Mercer the contract. Accused of assault and maybe worse, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) will get a chilly shoulder from the Hop Wei, along with his destiny within the fingers of an surprising ally. Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) urges Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) to eschew restraint and begin a battle with the Hop Wei.
Written by Adam Targum; directed by Loni Peristere.
Episode four: “The White Mountain”
Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Huge Invoice (Kieran Bew) finds himself compromised by his playing excesses, however discovers a potential answer after an opium-den raid. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake (Christian McKay), who’s decided to indicate voters he will not tolerate San Francisco’s “Yellow Peril.” After assembly with leaders of the Fung Hai tong, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) gives Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) a means out of a protracted – and bloody – tong battle.
Written by Kenneth Lin; directed by David Petrarca.
WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Good Storm Leisure, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Leisure; created and government produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow government produce on behalf of Good Storm Leisure. Shannon Lee government produces for Bruce Lee Leisure. Govt produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and government produced by Assaf Bernstein.