‘Warrior’ Tackles Issues Of Ethnic Identity In Cinemax’s Impressive New Action Series From The Mind Of Bruce Lee [Review]

Published on Apr 16, 2019

“Confucius said; a man in a brothel is nobody’s judge,” San Francisco courtesan, Ay Toy (Olivia Cheng) preaches to Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), or the “itchy onion” – a scrappy Chinese immigrant fresh off the boat. “Confucius never said that,” he tells her. “This is not China,” she warns, “It’s Chinatown. And our blood is cheap here, so you’d better learn to adapt.”

Based on the writings of Bruce Lee –and overseen by his daughter, Shannon Lee– Cinemax’s mindful and hard-hitting new series, “Warrior,” might not forge new narrative territory, but it impressively encapsulates the feeling of marginalized existence, exploring issues of ethnic identity by tapping into Western formula and injecting its tropes with a raw sense of racial identity.

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Author: Andrew Bundy