The Brothers Sun

The Brothers Sun

Netflix Series
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8.5

Great

When the family Patriarch is attacked, Charles Sun, a Taipei ruthless killer, must go to L.A. to protect his estranged mother and brother as their enemies close in. Brilliant action comedy starring Michelle Yeoh.

Duty. Honour. Loyalty. Baking? When Charles ‘Chairleg’ Sun is attacked by deadly assassins in his apartment in Taipei, Taiwan it is hard to work out if it is the life or death situation or the burned cake that annoys him more.

With a delicious mix of comedy and brutality, The Brothers Sun serves up slices of satisfying sweetness.

What Is The Brothers Sun About?

Taiwan may house the lethal enforcer Charles Sun (Justin Chien), but his brother Bruce (Sam Song Li) has been living in Los Angeles with their mother Eileen (Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere) in complete ignorance of the family business.


On one side of the Pacific the Suns rule the lethal Jade Dragon Triad. On the West Coast of the U.S., Bruce’s life is mostly taken up with study and sneaking off to learn improv.

All this changes when patriarch Big Sun (Johnny Kou) is gunned down in a coordinated attack.

Blaming their deadlocked rival, Sleepy Chan, Charles travels to L.A. to protect his estranged mother and brother.

However trouble soon follows him, throwing Bruce into a dangerous world he has never known, nor is equipped to deal with.

The Brothers Sun mixes up its personalities to delicious effect. Charles’ hardheaded humourlessness is tempered by his love of baking, TV soaps, and a weariness at having been given little choice in his life’s path.

Bruce’s sweet nature presents with vulnerable naivety, although he is quickly perceptive around the defences of the brother he barely remembers.

The pair clash and yet come together within their own carefully curated proving drawer.

Towering over all proceedings is the always sublime Michelle Yeoh. Embodying both stereotypical East Asian nagging mother and long-game playing family mastermind, Yeoh’s expressions contain layers of duty, personal ambition, and manipulative love.

It’s never not satisfying to see Charles – so used to getting his own way through fear and violence – be rendered incapable by a withering look from Mrs Sun.

The Brothers Sun Official Trailer

Is The Brothers Sun Worth Watching?

Writers Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk keep the comedy and action jams stirring equally.

Most episodes find a reason to explode into well choreographed punch ups that snap, crash, and wallop with all due heft.

And then we have a safe house jaunt to supposedly actor John Cho’s house, complete with monogrammed, well, everything.

If anything is lacking then it’s a little directorial pizazz. Strong performances from the cast and a fun, if standard, plot make for a good show but the opportunity was there to throw in some extra wow with the cinematography.

Few shots make for the ‘pause and admire’ aesthetic that can uplift a show to essential viewing.

Screen time is instead lifted by a strong supporting cast including: Highdee Kuan (You) as an ambitious but slobby prosecutor who shares a past with Charles; Joon Lee as Bruce’s inept Korean drug dealer friend ‘TK’; charismatic dual enforcers Blood Boots and Xing (Jon Xue Zhang and Jenny Yang); and lethal revenge seeker June Song (Alice Hewkin).

Each character brings something entertaining to the table.

Our tastes are rich and varied. Lovers of well crafted punch ups can be equally at home enjoying more homely pursuits.

For those who long for dispatching of assassins whilst a spun around TV shows Paul Hollywood sampling sponge cake, The Brothers Sun is a Venn diagram of a circle.

Words by Mike Record

Good

  • Great Cast And Central Dynamic
  • Explosive Fight Scenes
  • Comedy Hits The Right Tone
  • Commitment To The Baking Bit

Bad

  • Lacks Visual Flair
  • Fairly Standard Plot
8.5

Great

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