Bruce Lee's idea brought to screen

Warrior stars Japanese-British actor Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, who arrives in San Francisco in search of a mysterious woman from his past.
Warrior stars Japanese-British actor Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, who arrives in San Francisco in search of a mysterious woman from his past.PHOTO: HBO

Daughter Shannon Lee stumbled on his notes written in the 1970s for a TV drama that studios rejected, and produced martial-arts show Warrior

In the 1970s, martial-arts legend Bruce Lee came up with an idea for a television drama: a gifted martial artist moves from China to San Francisco in the late 1800s and lands right in the middle of its bloody Chinatown gang wars.

He took it to several American television studios, but they all turned him down because they could not see an Asian actor headlining a Hollywood show. Later, one of the studios even made a similar series, Kung Fu (1972 to 1975), and cast a white actor as the half-Chinese protagonist instead of Lee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'Bruce Lee's idea brought to screen'. Print Edition | Subscribe