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C21May iPad

Cinemax’s Warrior fights on

Warrior’s first season debuted on April 5

HBO-owned US cablenet Cinemax has renewed Bruce Lee-inspired drama Warrior for a second season following the show’s debut earlier this month.

The crime drama, set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century, is based on the writings of martial arts icon Lee.

Len Amato, president of HBO Films, miniseries and Cinemax programming, said the show, which launched on April 5, “combines high-energy martial arts with wit and brains.”

Warrior was created by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee), who exec produces under Tropper Ink Productions. Also executive producing are Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment, plus Danielle Woodrow, Brad Kane and co-executive producer Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.

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, Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs, a Chinese organised crime family.

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