The martial arts series based on Bruce Lee’s original concept now on Netflix
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The martial arts series based on Bruce Lee's original concept now on Netflix

In the ever-evolving landscape of television, it happens quite often that a gem gets lost in the shuffle, only to find new life on a different platform. Such is the case with Warrior, a dynamic series that has now landed on Netflix after getting axed from its original network.

Despite the cancellation after its third season, this martial arts crime drama has found a new home on Netflix, where it’s making waves once again. Currently, the first season of Warrior is storming at the eighth spot on the top ten series chart globally. 

Originally conceptualised by the legendary Bruce Lee and brought to fruition in 2019, Warrior packs a punch with its gripping storyline and powerful performances. Directed by a talented team and featuring Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, and Dianne Doan, the series has garnered widespread acclaim for its action-packed scenes.

Set in the brutal world of San Francisco’s Chinatown during the late 1800s, Warrior follows the journey of Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a skilled martial artist who immigrates to America in search of his sister and finds himself embroiled in the violent conflicts between rival tongs (Chinese organised crime groups). With themes of identity, loyalty, and betrayal woven throughout, the series offers its take on the struggles faced by immigrants in a hostile environment.

Despite its initial cancellation in December, Warrior has experienced a resurgence in popularity since landing on Netflix. Garnering an impressive 14.1million hours viewed and 1.7million individual views globally in one week. Its inclusion in Netflix’s top ten series list in 13 countries is also a testament to its widespread appeal.

The decision to revive Warrior on Netflix has been met with enthusiasm from both the cast and viewers alike. Stars of the series, along with a devoted fan base, have taken to social media to advocate for its renewal. With a remarkable 93 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that Warrior is not just a shabby formulaic action drama. 

Creator Jonathan Tropper, in a statement to Deadline, expressed his gratitude for his show that ‘simply refuses to die.” Tropper said, “Thanks to Netflix, we’ve been given yet another lease on life, and I’m thrilled for everyone involved that millions more viewers around the world will discover it.”

You can watch all three seasons of Warrior on Netflix and catch the trailer here: