If you want awesome martial arts action, great set pieces, family instrigue and Academy Award Winner Michelle Yeoh, all in one epic package, it looks like The Brothers Sun is for you. Netflix’s upcoming action series from Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk, the story centers around a triad family that is being hunted down by a mysterious rival group.
Yeoh plays Eileen, the matriarch of the family who has two sons, Charles (Justin Chien) and Bruce (Sam Song Li). Charles is deep into the family business, with the skills to show for it, while Bruce is blissfully ignorant of his family’s violent background.
I was already excited about this series when it was first teased at Netflix Geeked Week last month, which prominently featured a San Gabriel Plaza sign with several of the series stars and creatives listed. For the uninitiated, the San Gabriel Valley in California is a hub of Asian American communities, with more Asian Americans in the region than most states in the United States. Just the authenticity of the setting spoke to me, especially as someone who grew up in “the SGV.”
After seeing the actual trailer, my anticipation went through the roof. The trailer is simply spectacular, with epic action, amazing sets and fantastic music. This series could really be something special and I can’t wait to see more.
The Brothers Sun premieres on Netflix January 4, 2024.
About The Brothers Sun
When the head of a powerful Taiwanese triad is shot by a mysterious assassin, his eldest son, legendary killer Charles “Chairleg” Sun (Justin Chien) heads to Los Angeles to protect his mother, Eileen (Michelle Yeoh), and his naive younger brother, Bruce (Sam Song Li) — who’s been completely sheltered from the truth of his family until now. But as Taipei’s deadliest societies and a new rising faction go head-to-head for dominance — Charles, Bruce and their mother must heal the wounds caused by their separation and figure out what brotherhood and family truly mean before one of their countless enemies kills them all.
Created by: Byron Wu & Brad Falchuk
Executive Producers: Brad Falchuk, Byron Wu, Kevin Tancharoen, Mikkel Bondesen
Starring: Michelle Yeoh (Eileen “Mama” Sun), Justin Chien (Charles), Sam Song Li (Bruce Sun), Highdee Kuan (Alexis), and Joon Lee (TK)
Recurring Cast: Johnny Kou (Big Sun), Alice Hewkin (May/June), Jon Xue Zhang (Blood Boots), Jenny Yang (Xing), Madison Hu (Grace), and Rodney To (Mark)
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