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Photos: Seasons 1 and 2 of “Warrior” Are Now Streaming on HBO MAX; UASE Interview with Cast Members Perry Yung and Henry Yuk

HBO MAX is now streaming Seasons 1 and 2 of  “Warrior,” based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Andrew Koji. Photo: David Bloomer/Cinemax

Filmed in Capetown, South Africa, “Warrior” was produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.

Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

“Warrior” is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century during the time of the Old West. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

Perry Yung. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Befriended by Wang Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer and profiteer in Chinatown, Ah Sahm is taken under the wing of Young Jun (Jason Tobin), the hard-partying son of the Hop Wei’s leader, Father Jun (Perry Yung), who is facing an imminent opium war with a rival tong. As he is indoctrinated in the rules of Chinatown gangs, Ah Sahm wins the confidence of a canny brothel madam, Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), revealing to her the true intentions of his journey to America.

Olivia Cheng, Hoon Lee. Photo: Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

Over the course of the season, Ah Sahm crosses boundaries inside and outside Chinatown, bringing him into contact with tong rivals Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs, and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), a tong lieutenant and Gung Fu master. As violence erupts, Sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) and Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), a transplanted southerner and rookie cop, are tasked with forming a Chinatown squad.

Meanwhile, working-class leader and tough Irishman Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger) is fighting for all Irish laborers by trying to inflict as much damage as possible on the Chinese immigrants he says are stealing their jobs. Amidst the strife, power-hungry San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), who has his own political aspirations, engage in widespread corruption, while the mayor’s young wife, Penny (Joanna Vanderham), finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage. Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all.

Starring Andrew Koji (“Fast & Furious 6”) as martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, WARRIOR also features series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (“Invictus”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Copper”), Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”) and Henry Yuk as Long Zii.

Henry Yuk and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Season two series regulars include Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

Dustin Nguyen. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax
Chen Tang, Maria Elena Laas, Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

On New Year’s Day, Justin Lin posted on Instagram

“Six years ago, Shannon Lee shared with me an eight page treatment by her late father Bruce Lee about a show called “Warrior,” along with notes and sketches from his personal diary. Together, we committed to bringing those pages to life. I still consider that moment to be one of the highlights of my career. 

Justin Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Justin Lin. Photo by Lia Chang

Like all worthwhile journeys the one with “Warrior” has been filled with stories of overcoming obstacles. When we were told recreating 1800’s San Francisco with our budget was impossible, we found a studio and an amazing crew in South Africa whose craftsmanship is one of the highlights of the show. In Jonathan Tropper, we not only found the perfect creative partner but an amazing storyteller who had a natural connection with Bruce Lee’s vision and his relentless push to challenge every convention. And after almost a year’s search, we were lucky to be joined by a group of one of the most talented and committed casts I’ve ever worked with. 50 years after Bruce Lee conceived the idea, I think we made a show he would be proud of.

Chen Tang, Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

The reason I’m writing this is that we need your help with our last obstacle. Though we were able to complete two seasons of WARRIOR, the network it was on will no longer be producing original content.

Olivia Cheng and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

The good news is that “Warrior” is now available on @hbomax and on all @hbo platforms. All I’m asking is for you to share some time with us. Check out the show. It’s an immersive world filled with compelling characters and powerful stories. If you’re a fan of action or the martial arts genre, you’ll definitely enjoy it. And if you like it, please share with friends and on social media. That’s it.

Andrew Koji and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Right now there are no plans for season 3 and beyond, but speaking for everyone on the “Warrior” creative team, we still have a lot more stories to tell.

Joe Taslim and Dianne Doan. Photo: David Bloomer/Cinemax

Our goal is to keep building our community and if enough people share our passion, we’ll be able to keep our journey and Bruce Lee’s vision alive and thriving.”

UASE Interview with Perry Yung and Henry Yuk

Perry Yung and Henry Yuk. Photo by Lia Chang

Ric Meyers moderated an interview featuring Perry Yung (Father Jun) and Henry Yuk (Long Zii) who star as the 2 leaders of the rival Chinatown gangs, The Hop Wei and Long Zii at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo in New York in 2019.

Perry Yung is an actor and musician who works in experimental theater and commercial television and film. He is also a traditionally trained Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute craftsman who leads flute making mediation workshops in zen monasteries across America. Since 2009, he has been producing La Mama’s Family Playdate Series to show the importance of acknowledging and embracing heritage. Perry has been a member of La Mama’s Great Jones’ Repertory group since 1993 and is a founding member of the SLANT Performance Group. He can be seen on HBO/Cinemax’s WARRIOR tv series based on original writing by Bruce Lee. He was fan favorite Ping Wu on Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” and has guest starred on “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods”… to name a few. Principle roles in films include Condemned, Jade Pendant and John Wick: Chapter 2.

Henry Yuk is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, and has worked extensively with Pan Asian Rep (including Yellow Fever, Teahouse, Yellow is My Favorite Color, as well as with NAATCO (The Cherry Orchard, You Can’t Take It With You, Awake and Sing!) and Ma-Yi Theatre Co. (The Square, No Foreigners Beyond This Point). His film work includes Brooklyn Lobster (with Danny Aiello), Kundun (directed by Martin Scorsese) and the cult classic, The Last Dragon. His TV work includes “The Sopranos,” “Cosby,” various “Law and Order” episodes. He most recently appeared as Yang in Marvel’s “Iron Fist” and as Long Zii in “Warrior” on Cinemax. www.henryyuk.com.

CAPE and Cinemax Present WARRIOR Panel Discussion with Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, Perry Yung, Moderated by Michael Tow

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2021 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Nov. 27: Celebrate Bruce Lee’s 80th Birthday with Free Screening of Bao Nguyen’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary BE WATER; After-Film Panel Features Bao Nguyen, Shannon Lee, Phil Yu, Chi-hui Yang, Dave Chang and Steve Jang

HIFF is hosting a free screening of Director Bao Nguyen’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary BE WATER, followed by an after-film panel featuring Director Nguyen, Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, Angry Asian Man founder and culture writer Phil Yu, Chi-hui Yang of the Ford Foundation, Momofuku founder and ‘Ugly Delicious’ host Dave Chang, and Kindred Ventures’ Founder Steve Jang on Friday, November 27 to celebrate Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday. The panel discussion will be moderated by New York Magazine’s Chris Lee. 

Presented by ESPN and storyspaces BE WATER will be available to screen online in North America, starting at 3pm HST/5:00 p.m. PST/ 8:00 p.m. EST. Although FREE, a ticket is still required to view the film on HIFF’s streaming platform.  Click here to RSVP. 

This special BE WATER FREE SCREENING + PANEL on November 27 is also supported by the AAPI Film Festival Coalition. The following are participating film festivals that are promoting this event: Asian Cinevision /  Boston Asian American Film Festival  / DC APA Film Festival HAAPIFest /  HIFF /  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival / Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival / Seattle Asian American Film Festival / Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival / Vancouver Asian Film Festival

BE WATER is a feature-length documentary that offers a unique glimpse into the man behind the myth, featuring interviews from celebrity friends, members of his own family, and even private letters written by Bruce Lee. BE WATER premiered at Sundance 2020 and competed in the U.S. Dramatic Feature competition. In June, it had its U.S. broadcast debut on ESPN as part of the sports broadcaster’s 30 on 30 documentary series, breaking ratings records. It is an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section. 

Martial artist. Actor. Philosopher. Choreographer. Filmmaker. Legend. These words summarize the Asian American icon who inspired the world with his groundbreaking work before dying mysteriously and suddenly at the age of 32. Yet many often forget that he was a man who struggled against many limitations: racism, xenophobia, and even his own ego. Bruce Lee made the most of his time on Earth, reminding us all of the importance of adaptation, persistence, and ambitious in the pursuit of greatness: in short, to be water. Synopsis written by: Lee Ngo

CAPE and Cinemax Present WARRIOR Panel Discussion with Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, Perry Yung, Moderated by Michael Tow

Join CAPE, Cinemax and the cast of WARRIOR in celebration of the Season 2 premiere on Friday, October 2 at 6pm PT / 9pm EST as Michael Tow moderates a panel featuring cast members Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, and Perry Yung.

The drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode second season on October 2nd, exclusively on CINEMAX. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, WARRIOR was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast & Furious 9”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment. The series will be available on demand and on MaxGo.com. WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. 

Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang

The second season of WARRIOR features returning series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Andrew Koji (“Snake Eyes”), Langley Kirkwood (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“Fast & Furious 9”), Joanna Vanderham (“Eddie & Sunny”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Dickensian”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”). New season two series regulars include Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Andrew Schneider executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey. Co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

theringer.com: ‘Warrior’ Is Still the Best Show You’re Not Watching

Vanity Fair: Warrior Takes the “Model Minority” Cliche and “Flips It on Its Ass”

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Season 2 of Cinemax drama series WARRIOR, based on the writings of Bruce Lee, debuts on October 2

The drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode second season on October 2nd, exclusively on CINEMAX. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, WARRIOR was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast & Furious 9”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

The series will be available on demand and on MaxGo.com.

WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all.

Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang

The second season of WARRIOR features returning series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Andrew Koji (“Snake Eyes”), Langley Kirkwood (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“Fast & Furious 9”), Joanna Vanderham (“Eddie & Sunny”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Dickensian”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”). New season two series regulars include Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Andrew Schneider executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey. Co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

Vanity Fair: Warrior Takes the “Model Minority” Cliche and “Flips It on Its Ass”

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Gold House: ‘Be Water’ Q&A with Bao Nguyen, Shannon Lee, W. Kamau Bell and Jeff Chang

ESPN 30 for 30, All of Us Movement, Gold House, and Humanity Forward presented an exclusive Q&A discussion with ‘Be Water’ Director Bao Nguyen, CEO of The Bruce Lee Family Companies Shannon Lee, Host of United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell, and Author Jeff Chang.

In 1971, before his superstardom, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to get the opportunities to be a lead actor that eluded him in America. In the two years before his untimely death, Lee completed four films, which changed the history of film and made him a household name. Through rare archival footage, memories of family and friends, and his own words, the story of that time and Lee’s prior experiences are told with an intimacy and immediacy that have infrequently been used in earlier tellings of his legend.

Growing up and living between the West and the East, Lee was ahead of his time in thinking about the transnational audience. He experienced the racist reaction of an American film industry inundated by a subservient and menacing image of Asian people—and learned he’d have to tell his own stories to escape it. Director Bao Nguyen elegantly weaves Lee’s personal struggle for visibility with that of his times and reminds us that though it was for a short time, Lee’s star burned so brightly we still see it today.
Bao Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Saigon. As the child of Vietnamese war refugees, he first pursued law to appease his parents but soon found his passion in film. His directorial debut, Live from New York!, opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and the Firelight Media Documentary Lab. He earned his BA at New York University and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

Website

Visit www.allofusmovement.com to learn more about equal justice allyship across all communities and cultures, and how #AllofUs can stand together today to move humanity forward.

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indie wire.com: ‘Be Water’: Bruce Lee Documentary Celebrates Career of Legendary Martial Artist and Actor

usatoday.com: ESPN’s new Bruce Lee documentary, ‘Be Water,’ is a ‘must-watch’ look at racism in Hollywood, critics say

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

‘Be Water’: How to watch and stream ESPN’s Bruce Lee documentary by Bao Nguyen

When it comes to martial arts and the movies, no star has shone quite as bright as Bruce Lee. Fans can get a glimpse into his journey this Sunday as ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Be Water,” a documentary by Bao Nguyen, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

How to watch “Be Water”:
Watch on ESPN: Download the ESPN App | WatchESPN | TV

Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access.

Don’t have ESPN+? Get it here.

Before ESPN’s 30-for-30 premiere of “Be Water,” Director Bao Nguyen chatted with W. Kamau Bell and Steve Aoki about what Bruce Lee meant to each of them and how Bruce’s fight for inclusion mirrors much of what we’re seeing in the world today.

In 1971, before his superstardom, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to get the opportunities to be a lead actor that eluded him in America. In the two years before his untimely death, Lee completed four films, which changed the history of film and made him a household name. Through rare archival footage, memories of family and friends, and his own words, the story of that time and Lee’s prior experiences are told with an intimacy and immediacy that have infrequently been used in earlier tellings of his legend.

Growing up and living between the West and the East, Lee was ahead of his time in thinking about the transnational audience. He experienced the racist reaction of an American film industry inundated by a subservient and menacing image of Asian people—and learned he’d have to tell his own stories to escape it. Director Bao Nguyen elegantly weaves Lee’s personal struggle for visibility with that of his times and reminds us that though it was for a short time, Lee’s star burned so brightly we still see it today.
Bao Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Saigon. As the child of Vietnamese war refugees, he first pursued law to appease his parents but soon found his passion in film. His directorial debut, Live from New York!, opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and the Firelight Media Documentary Lab. He earned his BA at New York University and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

Website

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scmp.com: ESPN’s Bruce Lee 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ documentary returns spotlight to the ‘Grandfather of MMA’

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usatoday.com: ESPN’s new Bruce Lee documentary, ‘Be Water,’ is a ‘must-watch’ look at racism in Hollywood, critics say

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Tong War Drama Series WARRIOR, Based on the Writings of Martial Arts Legend Bruce Lee, Debuts April 5 on CINEMAX

The CINEMAX drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode season FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT).  Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, the show is based on writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions and Justin Lin on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment.

WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

Led by Andrew Koji, who plays Ah Sahm, series regulars also include Kieran Bew, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Hoon Lee, Christian McKay, Joe Taslim, Jason Tobin, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones and Perry Yung.

WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. Pilot was executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.