The Brothers Sun (2024) Series is about a Gangster Triad family from Taiwan. This action comedy narrates the ongoing power struggle to become the leader of the Triad.
So, who is the Triad? According to Britannica, “Triad is a name for various secret societies in Qing-dynasty China (and sometimes earlier), for modern Chinese crime gangs, and crime gangs of other Asian nationals operating in their own countries or abroad. In the 21st century, Chinese Triads operate Mafia-like organized crime syndicates internationally, dealing in extortion, prostitution, illegal gambling, and the drug trade.”
Synopsis of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
When a mysterious enemy targets his family, a Taipei triad member heads to Los Angeles to protect his strong-willed mother and oblivious younger brother.
Rating of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
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|In this family drama, Michelle Yeoh plays Mama Sun, a bold and intelligent matriarch. She wishes to lead the Triad in the 21st century. Her charm and style won us. Along with the ensemble cast, she entertains in this action-packed gangster tale. We liked the strong Asian flavour of this US series.
Spoiler Free Review of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
This show states “Blood Runs In The Family” in its tagline. And it is especially true for the family of Gangster operating out of Taiwan.
In the opening scene of the series, the head of a powerful Taiwanese Triad is shot by a mysterious assassin. Soon after, his eldest son, Charles Sun (Justin Chien) rushes to Los Angeles to safeguard his mother, Eileen Sun (Michelle Yeoh), and his naive younger brother, Bruce (Sam Song Li) — who’s been completely sheltered from the truth of his gangster family until now. The Triad and the Sun family have no idea as to who is behind the attacks.
The basic storyline
This family drama explores the complex relationships among the four members of the Sun family. This Triad gangster family includes – the patriarch Big Sun (Johnny Kou), the matriarch Eileen Sun (Michelle Yeoh), the eldest son Charles Sun (Justin Chien) and the youngest son Bruce Sun (Sam Song Li). Each of them has their dreams, aspirations, ambitions and career plans, both within the Triad and outside the Triad system.
An unknown enemy wishes to not only kill and wipe out the Sun family but also the entire leadership of the secretive Triad. Then there are a lot of trauma and complications in the Sun family relationship. So, the basic tale is about the testing of the strength of bonds among all the Sun family members as well as the survival of the fittest, at the end.
What did we like in this Asian American show?
These days, we are watching films and series exploring the content of cross-culture in a modern era. And we loved this new cinematic development. Not so long ago, we had written about American movies like – Past Lives, Joy Ride, Quiz Lady, etc. which delve into their Asian roots too. This is the reality of the shrinking world and connected lives.
Cool Michelle Yeoh leads the pack of the talented ensemble cast in this show. Its creators claim that she is one badass mother. But, we think, that she is a typical Asian Ma, who does not even hesitate to slap her grown-up sons when they make mistakes. We loved Michelle in it, however, we wish its creators to explore her character in greater depth in future.
Along with Michelle, most of them have entertained us with their comedic and action timing. The well-choreographed action sequences with a touch of Asian martial arts are pulsating and high-octane. But sometimes, the violence was too graphic for our taste, especially the Chairlegs’ scenes. Maybe the wider audience likes this kind of stuff.
This tale with its action and humourous touches entertained us. So, it was a perfect show for the marathon watch on the weekend.
We liked The Brothers Sun series. Now waiting for its second season two.
Spoilers Alert of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
A peek into the Eight (8) Episodes of the First (1st) Season of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
Pilot (S1, E1 | 48 min.)
A family emergency sends a ruthless killer from Taipei to LA. Cash-strapped Bruce takes a new gig. When a crisis erupts, estranged brothers reunite.
Favor for a Favor (S1, E2 | 52 min.)
Charles introduces Bruce to his unique line of work while trying to get rid of a body. But he continues to be a moving target everywhere he goes.
Whatever You Want (S1, E3 | 50 min.)
When Bruce goes missing, Mama Sun and Charles drop in on a mahjong game and a seafood restaurant for answers. A common goal makes allies out of enemies.
Square (S1, E4 | 48 min.)
Hesitant to join the family business, Bruce vows to focus on school and improv. But when a triad meeting proves dangerous, the Suns are forced to pivot.
The Rolodex (S1, E5 | 54 min.)
In the fallout of the attacks, Bruce works hard to be a useful asset, Mama Sun leverages her knowledge and a wounded Charles wakes up in a strange place.
Country Boy (S1, E6 | 64 min.)
Mama Sun travels to Taiwan and hears upsetting news. A celebrity’s holiday home provides the perfect safe house for the brothers. Bruce bonds with Grace.
Gymkata (S1, E7 | 69 min.)
With the ghosts gathering in Los Angeles, the family regroups until an unexpected visitor disrupts their plans. A momentous occasion descends into chaos.
Protect the Family (S1, E8 | 55 min.)
The Suns’ lives and legacy hang in the balance as old wounds and hard truths come to light. Bruce makes a choice that could change the family forever.
The ending of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series is explained in detail.
Background about the Mama Sun (Michelle Yeoh) or Eileen Sun
In the series, one of the key characters “Blood Boots” revealed that Mama Sun (Michelle Yeoh) or Eileen Sun was the real brains behind the Jade Dragons. He also disclosed that Eileen agreed to take Bruce and her Rolodex of information with her to America to protect her husband’s leadership position amongst the triads.
Before dying, he reiterated that Mama Sur always wished and deserved much more from the Triad.
So, what happened in the finale of the first season?
After spending a lot of time in the faraway land of America, Mama Sun has had enough. So, Mama Sun took steps to unify her family which was torn apart by patriarch Big Sun (Johnny Kou) in the last 15 years. Meanwhile, we learn that Big Sun only wishes to protect his crime family – Traid.
In the season finale, with Big Sun out of the picture (for now), all of the Sun family members “have a new respect for each other” at the end of the season, said Brad Falchuk. Mama Sun and her sons Charles (Justin Chien) and Bruce Sun (Sam Song Li) decide to pursue their dreams and aspirations. So, they collectively step out of Big Sun’s shadow to redefine what family means. For once in their lives, they choose their path — to each other.
What happened with the three members of the Sun family?
In one of the closing scenes, we see the following developments:
- Mama Sun is free to fly off on a private jet, ready to take her place as the Dragon Head amongst the triad gangs in Taiwan.
- Charles Sun opens the bakery of his dreams and perfects his churro recipe. However, he chooses to fly back with his mother to Taiwan, in an attempt to reconnect with her and support her claim to the leadership position of Triad. In a way, he was going to provide muscle power to his mother’s brain power.
- Bruce Sun drives away from the tarmac in his lime-green Lamborghini. He has realized one of his dreams.
What is the road ahead for the members of the Sun family?
In the post-credit scene, we find out that Big Sun’s No. 2, Yuan, plotting his next move. It seems Yuan wants to serve his master Big Sun’s interests in the Triad.
Wu and Falchuk wanted to end the season on a positive note, while also making sure that the audience knows that this isn’t the end of the story for the Suns.
Info. Source:- The Brothers Sun Ending Explained | Netflix – Tudum
Poster of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
Key Details about The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
|Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama
|English (a bit of local Chinese/Mandarin too)
|January 4, 2024
|Brad Falchuk, Amy Wang, Byron Wu
|Michelle Yeoh (Eileen ‘Mama’ Sun), Justin Chien (Charles Sun), Sam Song Li (Bruce Sun), Joon Lee (TK), Highdee Kuan (Alexis), Alice Hewkin (June, May), Madison Hu (Grace), Johnny Kou (Big Sun), Rodney To (Detective Mark Rizal), Jon Xue Zhang (Blood Boots), etc.
|Blood Ruins in the Family
Trailer of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series
Featured Image and Poster of The Brothers Sun (S1/2024) Series | Pics. Credit: Netflix.