Black Sash

The WB (ended 2003)


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Martial arts star Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die) stars in this unique drama as an ex-cop who sacrificed everything and must now rebuild his own life as a teacher and mentor to a diverse group of teenagers. From the writer and executive producer of "The Karate Kid" and "Kiss of the Dragon", and the executive producers of Smallville, The WB's "Black Sash" features a multigenerational cast, dazzling martial arts and stories of hope and redemption. As an undercover narcotics cop, Tom Chang (Wong) paid a high price for staying true to his values. Framed and wrongly incarcerated in Hong Kong for allegedly smuggling heroin, he loses his career, his wife and the right to see his daughter. All he has left are the blazing skills of a master martial arts combatant. Now, after five years in a Hong Kong prison, Tom has come home to San Francisco, intent on restoring his life. Once back in San Francisco, Tom's mentor, Master Li (Mako, Pearl Harbor), gives Tom his martial arts school to run and a place to live in his building on the wharf. Tom finds a new family in the young men and women he trains in Chinese martial arts. His dedicated students include Tory Stratton (Missy Peregrym, Dark Angel, The Chris Isaak Show), a fiercely beautiful 17-year-old who has turned to martial arts as a way of dealing with the rage she feels over the death of her policeman father. A newcomer to the group, Trip Brady (Corey Sevier, Little Men ) is the victim of a violent father. For Trip, Tom's knowledge and kindness open the door to a new life. Bryan Lanier (Ray J, Moesha) is a tough-talking, streetwise teenager with a quick wit and a deep loyalty to his fellow students and to Tom. Another newcomer is the shy and warm-hearted Allie Bennett (Sarah Carter, Undeclared), who is searching for acceptance, friendship and for some of the skill and bravery she admires in Tory. Tom relies on the spiritual guidance of Master Li to help him deal with issues that arise in his life and the lives of his students. He also begins the long journey of trying to win back the right to see his daughter and the acceptance of his ex-wife, Beth (Ona Grauer). Tom spends his days teaching a new generation the skills and enlightenment he learned from Master Li. His message is timeless: patience and flexibility are the keys to overcoming any obstacle. Black Sash is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Carlton Cuse (Martial Law, Nash Bridges), Robert Kamen (The Karate Kid, Kiss of the Dragon), Dylan Sellers (The Replacements), Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (Smallville) From Note #1: The series is filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Note #2: The show was originally titled The Bounty Hunter.moreless
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  • different people from different backgrounds find one thing in common- martial arts. and they end up helping each other, and becoming better people. well done, great acting, amazing plot.

    fantastic show. i started it after it already ended on youtube, after i found it thanks to one of my favorite actresses (i wqas seeing what shed done in the past) loved the plot, so i watched, and it was amazing. i cant believe they ended it so soon! they need to bring it back. when i was choosing a classification, i couldnt choose between 'bring it back' and 'personal favorite', but i want more episodes, so i said bring it back. i luv this show!!! why didnt they do more? it was fantastic! even though it would sorta ruin it if they restarted it now, i still want them to. i miss it. i think im just going to rewatch the 6 episodes they made until they make more. or i find another good show. but id rather they at least make a new sesion with 'a few years later' so it fits, and finish it better this time. that would be better than this.moreless
  • Russell Wong stars as an ex-cop who sacrificed everything and must now rebuild his own life as a teacher and mentor to a diverse group of teenagers. Black Sash features a great cast, dazzling martial arts and stories of hope and redemption.moreless

    This series had its flaws but it was an o.k. show when it was airing on television. Even though some of the things in this series when it was on television was not always great. But it did have its good even great moments while airing. I hope that they try to make a series like Black Sash because I think it was somewhat interesting. For anyone who have not seen this series ever, I suggest you try to find it because it good to watch to pass time. If they ever being this series back on television, I would check it out to see how **** it is.moreless
  • Martial arts with Tom and the 'gang'...

    I never really actually watched this show. It never went on tv, actually. I first watched it because of Drew Fuller, who plays Nick Reed for three episodes. And once seen these three episodes, I started liking this show. I'm only sorry it didn't survive, because it's a different kind of show, it's not only about love or teenager's problems or surreal's all of this besides martial arts. And martial arts kind of appassionate me. Loved all the characters, escpecially Nick, with his bad boy ways and Allie, attracted by Nick (as far as I could tell) and the fights were super! I would have liked this show to keep going on...cause it was really great!!!!moreless
  • Black Sash follows the lives of five teenagers that learn to deal with daily life due to the control and responsibility gained through the practice of martial arts.

    As a martial artists myself, for quite a while as a matter of fact, I love this show. Finally I had something to relate to. I saw teenagers that were going through the same problems I was going through. I saw teenagers coming into their own, struggling to make a name for themselves in the world. And then, in a flash, it was gone. A lot of people, not being martial artists, couldn't accept the subtle stories that were told in the background. I also heard complaints about the fight scenes. Since they weren't high flying wire tricks they must be fake. Alas, because of the ignorance of a portion of the audience a good show with the potential to be great was taken off the air.moreless
  • This is a pretty good television series.

    This is a pretty good television series. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run reruns of shows. USA, TNT, Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of older shows too as well as current shows in rerun form. All in all a pretty good show.moreless

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