The Urban Action Showcase and Expo presented a WARRIOR Season 1 marathon of all 10 episodes on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at AMC Empire 25 Theaters in New York. After the screenings, Ric Meyers chatted with veteran actors Perry Yung (Father Jun) and Henry Yuk (Long Zii) who star as the 2 leaders of the rival Chinatown gangs, The Hop Wei and Long Zii. Click on the video below to watch the conversation and scroll down for photo coverage.
Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, the show is based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and is created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Fast & Furious 6”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.
Starring Andrew Koji (“Fast & Furious 6”) as martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, WARRIOR also features series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (“Invictus”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“Fast & Furious 6”), Jason Tobin (“The Fast & the Furious: 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 during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).
Befriended by Wang Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer and profiteer in Chinatown, Ah Sahm is taken under the wing of Young Jun (Jason Tobin), the hard-partying son of the Hop Wei’s leader, Father Jun (Perry Yung), who is facing an imminent opium war with a rival tong. As he is indoctrinated in the rules of Chinatown gangs, Ah Sahm wins the confidence 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 outside Chinatown, bringing him into contact with tong rivals Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs, and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), a tong lieutenant and Gung Fu master. As violence erupts, Sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) and Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), a transplanted southerner and rookie cop, are tasked with forming a Chinatown squad.
Meanwhile, working-class leader and tough Irishman Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger) is fighting for all Irish laborers by trying to inflict as much damage as possible on the Chinese 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 own political aspirations, engage in widespread corruption, while the mayor’s young wife, Penny (Joanna Vanderham), finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage.
WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein. WARRIOR Website
Perry Yung is an actor and musician who works in experimental theater and commercial television and film. He is also a traditionally trained Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute craftsman who leads flute making mediation workshops in zen monasteries across America. Since 2009, he has been producing La Mama’s Family Playdate Series to show the importance of acknowledging and embracing heritage. Perry has been a member of La Mama’s Great Jones’ Repertory group since 1993 and is a founding member of the SLANT Performance Group. He can be seen on HBO/Cinemax’s WARRIOR tv series based on original writing by Bruce Lee. He was fan favorite Ping Wu on Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” and has guest starred on “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods”… to name a few. Principle roles in films include Condemned, Jade Pendant and John Wick:Chapter 2.
Henry Yuk is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, and has worked extensively with Pan Asian Rep (including “Yellow Fever,” “Teahouse,” “Yellow Is My Favorite Color”), as well as with NAATCO (“The Cherry Orchard,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Awake and Sing!”) and Ma-Yi Theatre Co. (“The Square,” “No Foreigners Beyond This Point”). His film work includes “Brooklyn Lobster” (with Danny Aiello), “Kundun” (directed by Martin Scorsese) and the cult classic “The Last Dragon.”
The UASE is the premier Action entertainment platform advocating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre bringing awareness and access to heroes of color. Showcasing Independent and Mainstream Action content in the multifaceted Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Urban Action content. The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Action Expo and Action Film Awards platforms.By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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