In the upcoming Netflix series The Brothers Sun, average Californian Bruce Sun’s life takes a wild turn that not even a GPS could navigate. When his brother Charles Sun, a hardened criminal and all-around tough guy from Taipei, Taiwan, rocks up in Los Angeles, Bruce’s world gets flipped, turned upside down. And no, this isn’t a reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with gangsters.
Bruce, who probably thought his biggest problem was deciding between avocado toast and a breakfast burrito, finds out that he’s actually part of a notorious Taipei gangster family. Surprise! His mom had moved them to California to escape the family biz, but like that one relative we all try to avoid at family reunions, the gangster life just wouldn’t leave them alone.
Headlining this dark action comedy is none other than Michelle Yeoh as Eileen “Mama” Sun. Yes, the Michelle Yeoh, who can probably out-fight, out-smart, and out-cool anyone on screen. She’s joined by Justin Chien as the big bro Charles and Sam Song Li as the unsuspecting Bruce. The cast also includes Highdee Kuan, Joon Lee, and Jon Xue Zhang, among others. Expect martial arts, dry humor, and maybe a life lesson or two about family values – gangster style.
The show is the brainchild of Brad Falchuk and Byron Wu, part of Falchuk’s lucrative deal with Netflix. These guys are pulling out all the stops, with eight episodes of family drama, dark comedy, and probably a lot of “wait, we’re related to whom?” moments. Mikkel Bondesen and Kevin Tancharoen are joining as executive producers, with Tancharoen also directing the series.
Filming for The Brothers Sun kicked off on June 13, 2022, and wrapped up by September. The series was shot in the glamorous locales of Los Angeles and Taipei City, giving us a nice blend of Californian sunshine and Taipei’s bustling streets. It’s like a holiday, but with more crime family drama and less relaxing on the beach.
So, mark your calendars for January 4, 2024, because The Brothers Sun is coming to Netflix. Get ready for a series that combines the unpredictability of family gatherings with the adrenaline of a crime thriller. Will Bruce adapt to his newfound gangster heritage, or will he stick to his Californian roots? Only one way to find out. And remember, just because you’re related to criminals doesn’t mean you can’t have a heart of gold – or at least a really cool backstory.