Netflix tends to oversell some shows, such as Emily in Paris, and undersell worthy shows, such as Warrior Nun. With a very strange PR model in place, Netflix is planning another exciting series. This time, we’re featuring the Oscar-winning film “The Brothers Son.” Created by Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story), this action comedy-drama also stars Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chen, and Sam Sung Lee.
Now, you’re probably wondering why I bashed Netflix. Well, they really need to step up when it comes to selling certain projects, and Brothers Son is one example of that. The show is about family ties, a criminal legacy, and the quest for the perfect churro recipe, a rollercoaster of emotions. The eight-episode series promises violent action, dramatic developments, and most of all, a lot of fun.
The plot begins with an attack that sets the stage for a unique blend of upbeat buddy comedy and family drama. Charles, played by the outstanding Chien, leaves Taiwan after the attack to search for his estranged mother, played by Yeo. Arriving in Los Angeles, Charles discovers that his brother Bruce, played by Song Li, has transformed into a clueless American who dreams of a career in improvisational comedy. The brothers embark on a journey through town, transporting severed heads and delivering rare lizards, bickering as brothers do, but eventually showing true love.
Brothers Son may be the best show of the year, but the year is just getting started. That’s so great! This show was action packed, emotional and very funny! It literally came out swinging!!#The Brothers Sun pic.twitter.com/NcnUKIlEQw
— Oyinda Odewale (@OyindaOdewale) January 5, 2024
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What makes this drama stand out is not its comedy, but its blend of familial duty, looming mystery, and navigating the dark side of the gangster world. The program also introduces the cultural background of the Taiwanese community and the honor that Taiwanese people live by. For example, in episode 2, Charles tells his brother that “favor for favor” is a code the community follows, especially when you can’t trust your best friend. But at the same time, we also have Bruce, who is the most American Taiwanese. In some ways, this show reminds me of Fresh of the Boat, which highlights how a Chinese family navigates American culture while preserving their own.
I just finished Brothers Son, oh it was so good pic.twitter.com/sCEmjzY2Kr
— Dee (@irrcvocably) January 5, 2024
This drama may seem like a typical story about a brainy kid named Asein and his cool Bruce Lee-like younger brother, but it’s far from that. Several examples depict each of these characters as being more than the sum of their several traits. Charles may be a ruthless killer, but he’s also a kind-hearted family man who loves making churros and cakes. Similarly, Yeoh is not just a housewife who scolds her son. But she is a woman who knows how to navigate the underworld using connections and information. It also explores themes of dreams, expectations, and family obligations that will resonate with many.
— Pramitheus (@pramitheus) January 4, 2024
Influenced by Edgar Wright, John Wick, and Jackie Chan, the series reimagines Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley as an underworld hub filled with outlandish criminal activity. Portrayals of Asian American suburbia include a beloved local seafood restaurant that doubles as a money-laundering hub and an assassin in a dinosaur costume exploding at a children’s party. Even the balance of contrasting tones gives this series a unique flavor. However, despite occasional failures, a sincere desire to surprise and please shines through.
I recommend everyone to watch “THE BROTHERS SUN”
— Abdul Manan (@Maajidkhan015) January 4, 2024
It was so much fun! I drank it all at once. I hope there’s a season 2 after that post-credits scene.
— Noodle Star (@Noodlester9) January 5, 2024
Brothers Son challenges viewers to think deeply about family obligations and the eternal gulf between children and parents. Despite their differences in position, Charles and Bruce share a passion for creating immediate joy, much like the series itself. Whether it’s the fresh pastries or the joy of jokes, you’ll find that the fun journey through Brothers Son is a fun escape into a world where family, fists, and fun collide.
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