Warrior continues to exceed expectations

Screen Capture: Dianne Doan as Mai Ling in the David Petrarca directed Warrior episode “The White Mountain.”
Screen Capture: Dianne Doan as Mai Ling in the David Petrarca directed Warrior episode “The White Mountain.”

With the third episode in the Jonathan Tropper created action drama series “Warrior” dropping Friday, 19 April 2019, based on the writings of legendary martial arts expert Bruce Lee, expectations have been met and exceeded.

“Warrior” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

The Loni Peristere-directed “John Chinaman,” with a teleplay written by Adam Targum, picks up where the previous instalment left off.

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) has been accused of assault. Even though he gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, Ah Sahm ‘s sister Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) threatens the witnesses to stay away from the court. If they were to show up in court, their family members would be in danger. Mai Ling is not someone one should consider crossing.

Sergeant ‘Big Bill’ O’Hara (Kieran Bew) must have thought placing three Irish thugs in the same cell as Ah Sahm would yield the result Seamus O’Hara (Warrick Grier) was looking for. As a result, later in the episode, O’Hara recognises three men is not enough to take on Ah Sahm.

Historical Accuracy

The Tropper created series, unlike the 1970s “Kung Fu,” is not whitewashed to reflect a western cultural aesthetic. It is both culturally and historically accurate. The work the behind-the-scenes team does, production design (Andrew Laws), art direction (Kirk Doman and Moray McGregor), set decoration (Tom Olive and Luc Schnepel), costume design (Diana Cilliers) and makeup (Vera Alimanova, Amanda Ross-McDonald and Juanette Visser), is every bit as important as that which is seen on screen. It is because of their work, the on screen aesthetic for each episode is on point.


Immigration is a hot button topic in these United States. It has been for much of American history. Time and again, various minority groups have seen targets for discrimination. In the mid-20th century, for instance, Jews saw significant intolerance.

Overflowing with intrigue, political corruption and murder, San Francisco’s history is a colourful one. As a result of anti-Chinese immigrant sentiment, the city became home to the first Tong organisations in these United States.

“Warrior” is an authentic representation of San Francisco, political corruption, anti-immigrant fever and the tong organisations that rose up during the period. In the late 19th century, Chinese immigrants saw the brunt of Irish resentment. People like the fictional O’Hara were actually resident of San Francisco.

The Chinese immigrants, according to Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) is the “city’s greatest source of cheep expendable labour.” It is because their labour was cheep, the Irish saw Chinese immigrants as a threat to their livelihoods.

The timely arrival of “Warrior,” considering the current political climate towards immigration, amplifies the notion history repeats itself. Defence attorney Phillip Coleman’s (Aidan Whytock) attitude, for instance.

Coleman’s comment Ah Sahm did not belong in this country reflects current attitudes of many right-wing thinkers in respect to Hispanic immigrants. Because of Coleman’s commitment to his career, his personal views were not a factor. Consequently, in the courtroom, the attorney’s defence of his client is vigorous and without prejudice.

Who is in the cast?

The series stars Andrew KojiJason Tobin and Olivia Cheng as Ah Sahm, Young Jun and Ah Toy, respectively. In addition to Koji, Tobin and Cheng, “Warrior” features Kieran Bew, Dean Jagger, Dianne Doan, Langley Kirkwood, Christian McKay, Hoon Lee and Tom Weston-Jones in prominent roles.

Is there a trailer?


There are many shades of grey in this serialised storyline. Is anyone what they first appear? The next instalment, the David Petrarca-directed episode “The White Mountain,” is scheduled to drop Friday, 26 April 2019.