It’s all come down to this! The biggest, gnarliest and wildest fight on television as the Hop Wei and the Long Zii settle their differences through the way of the fist in the ninth episode of Warrior, ‘Chinese Boxing’.
In this breathtaking martial arts duel, our hero Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) faces off against the brutal Li Yong (Joe Taslim), and things get bloody quickly. This is a match to be fought to the death, and we get to see both of these fighters square off as their skills come to life.
What we’re really witnessing here as an audience is the demonstration of Bruce Lee’s own Jeet June Do, or The Way of the Intercepting Fist, versus traditional Kung Fu via Taslim’s Li Yong. Both performers put on a very cool show here, and Koji really has Lee’s own flair down with his cat-like grace and striking power. It’s a bloody brutal affair, and there are plenty of surprises present in this full-on beat down that will crank up the adrenaline of any action fan who’s lucky enough to watch it.
There are also the twists of creator Jonathan Trooper playing out here, and the match certainly didn’t go the way I had anticipated it would have. The result is thus that we see an episode that explores all aspects of the martial arts and the meaning as to why they are practised. This is of particular importance to Ah Sahm, and through a unique use of flashback, we are able to see how he became the man we know him as during the show.
It’s an interesting corner that we’ve now turned as we get closer to the series penultimate episode, and the road ahead will be long for Ah Sahm. But with a warrior’s heart and immense personal courage, he could rise above what he is, but only time will tell for this.
Warrior screens every Thursday on Neon.
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