62 minutes | Nov 4th 2019

Episode 46 - Jason Tobin

As a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee, the chance to play a starring role in HBO's Warrior TV series - based on a story by the late kung fu movie star and executive produced by his daughter, Shannon Lee - was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And he relishes every scene in his role as Young Jun; the entitled, violent, and arrogant heir to Chinatown's Hop Wei gang, a criminal syndicate operating in late 1870s San Francisco at the height of the Tong Wars. Jason Tobin adds heart, nuance and depth to the character through his brotherly friendship with new Hop Wei recruit, Ah Sahm (played by fellow British actor, Andrew Koji). A sexy, heady mix of political drama, racial tension and great fight scenes, the series has been heralded as one of the best TV shows of 2019 by Rolling Stone and has found a devoted audience since first airing on Cinemax in April 2019. Season two is now in post-production with a third season in development, while the first season is available right now on Blu-ray in the USA. Born in Hong Kong, educated in the UK, and living in Los Angeles from the age of 18, Jason sees acting as the perfect way to 'honestly express oneself' - to paraphrase the words of his hero, Bruce Lee - and tell the kinds of stories he wants to tell. He does this not just through his own work as an actor, but also as a writer and director. In this episode, we discuss his theories on acting, his long-standing friendship with the filmmaker Justin Lin (who gave Jason his first breakout role in 2002's Better Luck Tomorrow), his appearances in many Hong Kong and American action movies - from Beverly Hills Ninja to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - to his excellent performance in Warrior. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Jason Tobin news by following him on Twitter and Instagram. LINKS: Jason Tobin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsntbn/ Jason Tobin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsntbn Buy Warrior on Blu-ray via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VJWW5G8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07VJWW5G8&linkCode=as2&tag=cionfiascire-20&linkId=f96e3fa75d087b7939d6750d8ef6c821 This episode's podcast page: http://bit.ly/JasonTobinKFMGPod Shannon Lee and Andrew Koji on the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast: http://bit.ly/KFMGPodShannonLee
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