Warrior (2019– )
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San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown's most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After ... See full summary »

Director:

Assaf Bernstein

Writers:

Jonathan Tropper (created by), Jonathan Tropper
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Koji ... Ah Sahm
Olivia Cheng ... Ah Toy
Jason Tobin ... Young Jun
Dianne Doan ... Mai Ling
Kieran Bew ... Bill O'Hara
Dean Jagger ... Dylan Leary
Joanna Vanderham ... Penelope Blake
Tom Weston-Jones ... Richard Lee
Hoon Lee ... Wang Chao
Langley Kirkwood ... Walter Buckley
Christian McKay ... Mayor Samuel Blake
Perry Yung ... Father Jun
Joe Taslim ... Li Yong
Rich Ting ... Bolo
Henry Yuk Henry Yuk ... Long Zii
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San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown's most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After impressing Young Jun, son of tong leader Father Jun, Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy, a courtesan with connections. Later, in search of a woman who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling and Li Yong, followers of the rival tong leader Long Zii, who is trying to avoid an opium war with the Hop Wei, a war that Walter Buckley, deputy to San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake, actively promotes. Meanwhile, after two Chinese laborers are killed by white thugs, police sergeant "Big Bill" O'Hara is tasked with creating a Chinatown squad. Enlisting southern-born cop Richard Henry Lee, Bill soon finds that the hostility between the Chinese and white dock workers, whose unofficial leader is Irish tough Dylan Leary, is unlikely to end anytime soon.

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Action | Crime | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

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The saloon/bar is called Banshee Cinemax made a series with the same name that started in 2013 and ran for four seasons. This episode also has a cameo from Hoon Lee, who played Job in Banshee See more »

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F-word off, you F-wording F-word
15 May 2019 | by tiger86-2See all my reviews

Nice visuals. Obviously this was made with money. Sets, costumes, camera work - everything looks great.

Nice fight scenes. Nothing you haven't seen in movies like 'Ip Man' or 'Fist of Fury', but the fights are well choreographed and performed.

Tolerable acting. Nothing really great, but nothing really bad either.

Anachronistic music. Distractingly anachronistic, but doesn't ruin the show.

Anachronistic writing. It does ruin the show. It ruins it so completely, in fact, that I will not waste my time with the next episodes. Sorry, but when you make the effort to make your show look authentic and obviously want it to be taken seriously as a historical drama, you shouldn't use so much contemporary language. The amount of swearing was so distracting... I mean, I think most lines spoken in this episode had at least one F-word each, and while this word did exist back then, I'm pretty sure it wasn't used so much. People in the 19th century had their own swear words, as far as I'm aware. And it wasn't just the swearing, it was... Everything. At the same time, instead of the word "fight" they used "scrap," which, given the amount of contemporary words, made no sense whatsoever.

Also, nudity. Lots and lots of nudity. Contemporary nudity, I might add. Whatever of my immersion that was left untouched by the writing was murdered by the nudity.

Sorry.


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