A first look at the new season of Max’s action hit “Warrior,” based on writings by Bruce Lee.
The new season of “Warrior” kicks off with a special screening at the Asian Art Museum! Originally conceived by martial arts legend and film icon Bruce Lee, “Warrior” is a gritty crime drama featuring plenty of sizzling action sequences. Season three of this acclaimed series premieres on Max on June 29; join us to celebrate with a screening of the season’s first episode and a panel discussion featuring producer Shannon Lee, actor Olivia Cheng, and Justin Hoover, Executive Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America, moderated by Naz Cuguoglu, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & Programs.
Set in San Francisco (Bruce Lee’s birthplace) in the 1870s, “Warrior” follows rival tongs (factions of newly arrived Chinese immigrants) who vie for power while enduring intense racial discrimination. Lee’s original concept for the show — an action series about a Chinese martial artist traversing the American West — was rejected in his lifetime by studios who were unwilling to cast a nonwhite actor in the lead role. When Lee’s daughter, actor and martial artist Shannon, discovered his notes and drawings for the show nearly 30 years later, she teamed with “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin to finally bring her father’s dream to life. The result “feels like the series Lee would have wanted,” writes Vox’s Karen Turner: “pulpy, action-filled genre television that centers Chinese American stories.”
The entire museum is open until 8 pm on Thursdays. Enjoy dinner at Asian Box (open until 8:30 PM) and explore everything currently on view! Before “Warrior” takes you back in time to 19th-century Chinatown, learn more about the Chinese American experience during San Francisco’s Beat era with Into View: Bernice Bing, featuring paintings, journals, and video interviews from a pioneering local artist.
This event is presented in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery, Gold House, and Stand With Asians.