Based on a story idea from Bruce Lee comes this new Cinemax show. So let’s see, the last ideas from Bruce Lee that was adapted was the Circle of Iron starring David Carradine and Kung Fu, also starring David Carradine (noticing a pattern here…). Let’s see what Cinemax has in store for us, eh?
Hmm. Looks like a well-made production but in the martial arts department the jury’s still out. I don’t know much about star Andrew Koji but believe me I’ll find out. Now two names I DO know is Joe Taslim (The Raid) and Dustin Nguyen ( OG 21 Jumpstreet, Buddha Fire) so there is that. Produced by Justin Lin, Jonathan Tropper and Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee, this is the story of Ah Sahm, a Chinese immigrant who comes to San Francisco Chinatown after the Civil War and finds himself in the middle of the Chinatown Tong Wars.
While I’m curious as to how the fight scenes are choreographed, it’s how it’s shot and edited that concern me. Western TV shows tend to really butcher well-done fight choreography with unnecessary close-ups and slow motion mixed with quick cut editing to make things appear to “look exciting”. So while I’m curious I’m also skeptical. Let’s see if this show can win me over.
Yeah, I’m going to give it a try. I also hope, like Into the Badlands, it opens a door for other Asian starred dramas outside of martial arts, on TV, and streaming.
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