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The Itchy Onion 

San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown's most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After ... See full summary »


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Bruce Lee (based on the writings of), Jonathan Tropper (created by) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Koji ... Ah Sahm
Olivia Cheng ... Ah Toy
Jason Tobin ... Young Jun
Dianne Doan ... Mai Ling
Kieran Bew ... Bill O'Hara
Dean Jagger ... Dylan Leary
Joanna Vanderham ... Penelope Blake
Tom Weston-Jones ... Richard Lee
Hoon Lee ... Wang Chao
Langley Kirkwood ... Walter Buckley
Christian McKay ... Mayor Samuel Blake
Perry Yung ... Father Jun
Joe Taslim ... Li Yong
Rich Ting ... Bolo
Henry Yuk Henry Yuk ... Long Zii




San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown's most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After impressing Young Jun, son of tong leader Father Jun, Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy, a courtesan with connections. Later, in search of a woman who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling and Li Yong, followers of the rival tong leader Long Zii, who is trying to avoid an opium war with the Hop Wei, a war that Walter Buckley, deputy to San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake, actively promotes. Meanwhile, after two Chinese laborers are killed by white thugs, police sergeant "Big Bill" O'Hara is tasked with creating a Chinatown squad. Enlisting southern-born cop Richard Henry Lee, Bill soon finds that the hostility between the Chinese and white dock workers, whose unofficial leader is Irish tough Dylan Leary, is unlikely to end anytime soon.

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Did You Know?


The saloon/bar is called Banshee Cinemax made a series with the same name that started in 2013 and ran for four seasons. This episode also has a cameo from Hoon Lee, who played Job in Banshee See more »


Ah Toy was fifty years old in 1878. See more »


References Banshee (2013) See more »


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Performed by Wu Bai & China Blue
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The Itchy Onion
17 March 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Based on the writings of Bruce Lee. This is his idea of Kung Fu, updated and made for cable network television.

Set in San Francisco of 1878, There is anti Chinese feeling from the locals who are losing jobs from the new arrivals.

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) has just stepped off the boat. Unlike other Chinese, he is not here for a better life. He is looking for a woman, his sister. He can also speak English and he can fight. In the style of Bruce Lee.

The first episode has a lot of world building going on. Rival Chinese gangs in San Francisco Chinatown. The police setting up a special team for Chinatown as police are brutally murdered.

There is Ah Sahm's quest, his sister's manoeuvrings and a female assassin. Plus strong language, nudity and plenty of fights.

An interesting and diverting first episode with a big British cast which includes Koji. There is more than a passing nod to Peaky Blinders.

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5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

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