Warrior – Sky One

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America's notorious 19th-century Chinatown is brought to life in new Sky One drama Warrior, based on an original idea by martial arts legend Bruce Lee

Battle lines are drawn across San Francisco in new 10-part martial-arts thriller Warrior, set during the famous Tong Wars, a series of violent disputes in Chinatowns across the US in the late 1800s.

The drama follows Chinese immigrant Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji, pictured above, left), who arrives in San Francisco in 1878 on a mission to find his sister.

But when his fighting skills come to light, he becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of San Francisco’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organised crime families).

Warrior is based on an original idea by the legendary Bruce Lee in the 1970s, which has been updated and adapted by his daughter, Shannon Lee, and Justin Lin from the Fast and The Furious franchise.

The adventures of Ah Sahm (above) came from an idea by martial arts legend Bruce Lee

The adventures of Ah Sahm (above) came from an idea by martial arts legend Bruce Lee

‘Ah Sahm has to find his way in the new world of America,’ says Andrew Koji, 32.

‘It’s a steep learning curve for him, and his relationships develop and change as the series continues.

‘We all feel privileged to be a part of Warrior,’ continues Andrew.

‘Everyone wanted to do justice to Bruce Lee’s legacy and we think we have done him proud.’

TV Times rating: ****

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