Things take a different stride in this latest episode of Warrior, as our hero Ah Sum (Andrew Koji) and his foul-mouthed best friend Young Jun (Jason Tobin), are forced to stretch their legs on the orders of the Tong and find themselves out in the dust bowl of Cowboy country.
Episode 5, “The Blood and the Sh*t”, really pushes our characters out and here we get a look at both the hate and fear that comes at the Chinese community, along with what is also possible. This possibility arrives in form of guest star C.S. Lee as Lu, a former coolie railroad worker who has opened a saloon and more importantly has married a white woman by the name of Billie (Erica Wessels). Such an image gets back to the growing romance of Ah Sahm and Penny (Joanna Vanderham), and for a second our martial arts hero has the hope of what possibly could be.
But you thought that could last? Oh no. There ain’t no happiness for this hatchet man, and soon Ah Sahm, Young Jun and the rest of their traveling buddies come under attack from cowboy outlaw Harlan French and his posse, and things get bloody quickly.
While we’ve so far seen the martial arts chaos of the streets of San Francisco, here Warrior digresses into a full-on siege narrative as a pair of hoods, a saloon keeper and his wife, an ordinary everyday couple and a priest go to war with the cowboys in one gnarly third act fight scene.
It really is a grand old dust-up in this classic western setting, and Ah Sahm goes for it with his hatchet and his fists in a brutal fight scene that leaves plenty of blood on the table. Again, there are great flashbacks to the life and legend of Bruce Lee, notably Lee’s famous jumping stomp attack on Bob Wall’s O’Hara from his seminal 1973 martial arts action film Enter the Dragon.
Episode 5 is pretty simple and to the point, but it gets the job done, and offers audiences a change of pace from what they have previously been seeing. It also adds in plenty of cowboy cool, and the film’s final shot is something right out of Shane or The Searchers and paints star Andrew Koji as modern day Alan Ladd with added cool.
Warrior screens every Thursday on Neon.
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