Love Bruce Lee? Don’t miss Warrior on M-Net

Brand-new action drama series, Warrior, is gritty, brutal and gorgeous.

If you miss HBO’s Game of Thrones, you loved Banshee, and grew up watching Bruce Lee movies, HBO’s Warrior is set to become your next TV addiction.

San Francisco, 1878, is a lawless town. Love is for sale and liquor is raw. Power is traded in darkened carriages and deals are brokered in blood spilled on cobblestoned alleyways. The cops are thugs, the politicians are dirty, and the working class Irish would sooner kill the Chinese arriving from across “the salt” than give them the time of day.

Into this world comes Ah Sahm, a martial arts protégée who is immediately caught up in the ruthless Chinatown underground. With explosive martial arts action and brilliantly choreographed, full-impact fight sequences (in full period costume), the epic action is carried by an engrossing storyline and a strong cast.

A warrior of noble lineage

The show was the brainchild of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. He pitched “The Warrior” to a studio in the early 70s, but they refused to cast an Asian man in the lead. Years after his death, Lee’s daughter Shannon discovered the document and, together with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin and Banshee series creator Jonathan Tropper, finally got it produced. (For a taste of what these credentials bring to Warrior’s fight sequences, pop into this episode of Banshee on Showmax at around the 22-minute mark.)

The explosive story stars Andrew Koji (Call the Midwife, The Innocents), Jason Tobin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Joe Taslim (The Raid), Olivia Cheng (Arrow, The Flash), Hoon Lee (Banshee, Bosch), Dianne Doan (Vikings, Descendants), Dean Jagger (Game of Thrones), Kieran Bew (Beowulf), and South Africa’s own Langley Kirkwood (Dredd, Banshee, Black Sails).

A special treat for South African audiences

Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Cape Town. The series was filmed at various locations around the city as well as at the Cape Town Studios. Look out for more South African faces in the cast.

Warrior S1 airs every Thursday from 4 July 2019 on M-Net (101) at 22:00. Didn’t manage to catch it when it aired? Watch it on demand with DStv Now and on Showmax