Hello, and welcome to the Scene 2 Seen Podcast. I am Valerie Complex, an associate editor and film writer at Deadline. I missed a few weeks due to being at the Sundance Film Festival, but we are back in business.
In today’s conversation I chat with Justin Chien who currently stars in the lead series regular in the Netflix action-drama series, The Brothers Sun, which also stars Sam Li, and international action star and Oscar Winner Michelle Yeoh. I missed a few episodes due to covering the Sundance Film Festival, but we’re back!
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The Brothers Sun follows Bruce (Li) and Charles Sun (Chien). Bruce learns about his family’s profession as Taipei’s most renowned gangsters, with his brother Charles being a hardened criminal raised by his crime boss father. After an attempted assassination on his father, Charles has to move to LA to keep his family safe. Additionally, Bruce finds out that his mother Eileen (Yeoh), moved with him to California in order to build a life away from her estranged family. Now they all have to deal with the past, but at least they’re dealing with it as a family.
The show, from executive producer Brad Falchuk, writer Byron Wu, and director Kevin Tancharoen, was released on the streamer on January 4th, 2024.
Prior to booking The Brothers Sun, Justin starred as the male romantic lead in the feature film Sun Moon, filmed on location in Taiwan and released by Sony in 2023. Chien was a participant in the 2021 Disney Discovers Television Showcase and had previously starred as ‘Manford’, a young Chinese-American basketball phenom in Lauren Yee’s play The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse. The play was directed by BD Wong. Chien also co-starred in Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum. He holds a BFA in Acting from USC.
In this episode I talk with Justin about working with Michelle Yeoh, about the fight choreography and training for the series, and what he thinks about the current state of action cinema in Hollywood.
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