Cinemax's 'Warrior': Andrew Koji packs a punch as lead in the Bruce Lee-inspired period drama
Andrew Koji started off with small roles and special appearances on shows, but he is about to play his much-deserved lead role in the upcoming 10-part series.
Cinemax's upcoming 10-part series is creating quite the buzz for all good reasons. First of all, it is based on the writings of Bruce Lee some which were rejected by Paramount and Warner Bros. decades ago. However, with executive producers Jonathan Tropper, Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Shannon Lee picking up those very writings, a brand new TV show, 'Warrior', is all set to finally premiere on April 5. The second reason why the show is creating such a hype is because of its precise representation. While the cast in itself is a tribute to the East, actor Andrew Koji has finally received his much deserved lead role.
Let's begin by saying Koji is not that popular face, nor a popular name, and as much as we don't know whom to blame for that, because Koji is quite a talented actor himself. Coming from a mixed Japanese, English heritage, Koji made a name for himself through his TV appearances. His role as Jason Lau, in the 2013 crime thriller, 'The Wrong Mans', though small was quite a significant one. As the series, coming from the duo Mathew Baynton and James Corden, dealt with a bizarre plot about a chance phone-call and a case of mistaken identity, Koji's role began to act almost like a catalyst in the convoluted storyline. Even in that role, Koji established himself as a promising actor who can easily blend himself into any skin.
After his role as Lau, he soon came up with the part of a concerned and loving husband who is about to become a father, in the Heidi Thomas-created series, 'Call the Midwife'. As the title already suggests the series looked into the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s, Koji's part was almost on the receiving ends. He was a concerned man who wanted the best for his wife, and when things were getting out of hand he took charge to make the surroundings comfortable for his wife. Playing the role of Benny Su, Koji's performance proved that he was not just actor by face, he was skillful with his voice, his expressions, and was utterly comfortable with his body language- quite a rare feat for an actor that young.
However, he caught the attention of both viewers and critics, with his charming appearance on the 2018 series, 'The Innocents'. Coming from executive producers Elaine Pyke, Charlie Pattinson, Farren Blackburn, Simon Duric, and Hania Elkington the eight-part British television series with its murky storyline and brilliant performance paved the path for Koji to outshine himself. Doing away with his homely characters, and otherwise docile appearance, Koji played the role of Andrew, the lover of Kam who was herself a shifter on the show. Yet again a small role, Koji for all the three episodes that he appeared managed to steal the show from all the star-studded cast of the show.
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Finally, Koji is set to play a much-deserved role in Cinemax's upcoming series, 'Warrior'. Based on the writings of Bruce Lee, the show is set in Chinatown in the late 1800s, the period of the Tong Wars, a series of violent disputes beginning in the 1880s among rival Chinese tong factions in the Chinatowns of various American cities, particularly San Francisco. The disputes saw rival crime families battle for territory and control. At the center of it all is Ah Sahm, to be played by Koji, a newcomer from China whose skill in martial arts makes him a valuable part of one family’s ongoing struggle for power and influence.
By the trailer itself we can make out the utmost grace with which Koji is about to show off some of his martial arts moves. 'Warrior' is set to premiere on April 5 on Cinemax, and it certainly promises a brilliant story, aesthetic visuals, and an extremely gifted Andrew Koji. Check out the trailer below: