The Brothers Sun (2024) – Cast and Character Guide

A cast and character guide to Netflix’s bloody and outrageous “The Brothers Sun.”


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“The Brothers Sun” Summary

“The Brothers Sun” is an original action-comedy now streaming on Netflix. The eight-episode series follows two estranged brothers who reunite to keep their family safe. Bruce Sun is a struggling college student who enjoys spending more time with his mom than going out. His life in sunny Los Angeles is undisturbed, and his biggest trouble is lying to his mom about taking improv classes. Meanwhile, Charles Sun is a trained assassin who is the primary leader of his father’s notorious gang in Taipei. But when Charles’ family is threatened by a masked and mysterious rival gang, he heads to Los Angeles to warn and protect his mom and brother.

Both Charles and Bruce’s lives are turned upside down when they reunite, and they are forced to work together to discover who’s hunting down their family. While Bruce’s mom (Michelle Yeoh) initially wanted her son to be safe from a world of crime, Bruce is thrown into the family business to humorous and outrageous effect. From club shootouts to lethal fights in dinosaur costumes, “The Brothers Sun” is a family comedy with a lot of heart and a lot of blood. 

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Michelle Yeoh, Sam Song Li, and Justin Chien star in “The Brothers Sun” (Netflix, 2024)

Content Information

“The Brothers Sun” is rated TV-MA due to occasional cursing, gun and sword violence, murder, dismemberment, and some sexual content.

“The Brothers Sun” General Information

Network Netflix
Genre(s) Action

Comedy

Crime

Created By Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk
Based On N/A
First Aired January 4, 2024
Executive Produced By Brad Falchuk,  Byron Wu, Kevin Tancharoen, and Mikkel Bondesen
Showrunner Brad Falchuk

Please Note: The content below contains pertinent spoilers; descriptions are updated as new information is presented; images are changed as better ones are captured; and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or recurring role. 

Groups & Organizations

  • Jade Dragons (Episode 1): The criminal and powerful gang that the Sun Family leads in Taiwan. 
  • Sleepy Chan (Episode 1): Red Pole’s primary rival gang. Charles Sun believes Sleepy Chan is responsible for the assassination attempts on his family. 

Notable Locations & Items

  • Taipei, Taiwan (Episode 1): Where the Jade Dragons are most powerful.
  • Los Angeles, CA, US (Episode 1): Where Bruce and his mom live, but where most of the action then takes place.

Charles Sun

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Played by: Justin Chien

Description: Charles Sun can use any object to kill anyone anytime, anywhere, but secretly, all Charles wants to do is spend his days baking. As a trained assassin and leader of the Jade Dragons, Charles had no choice but to grow up tough and hardened. When he meets his younger brother Bruce, Charles becomes jealous of the privileged liberty and support that his brother had growing up. 

  • Introduced In: Pilot (Episode 1.1)
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Two Sides: Unfaithful,” their role in “Kodama,” and their role in “Sun Moon.”

Additional Information

  • Justin Chien has previous training in Muay Thai boxing and competes in Jiu Jitsu tournaments.

Quotes

“In my line of work, traditions and respect are important. We’re surrounded by murderers and thieves. Without a code of conduct, there’s chaos. Chaos is bad for business.”

Bruce Sun

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Played by: Sam Song Li

Description: Bruce is Charles’ younger brother and his opposite in numerous ways. Bruce grew up in LA, away from his father and brother, and while Bruce’s life was more sheltered and privileged, he’s curious about his older brother’s upbringing. Bruce may be thrown into his family’s criminal drama, but his true passion is improv acting.

  • Introduced in: Pilot (Episode 1.1)
  • The actor is also known for their roles in “Women is Losers,” “Take the Night,” and “Never Have I Ever.”

Additional Information

  • Much like his character, Sam Song Li was born outside of the U.S. in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. He was raised by a single mother in Southern California. 

Quotes

“Wait wait wait…dad’s rich? And I’m here driving a Lyft?” 

Eileen “Mama” Sun

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Played by: Michelle Yeoh

Description: Eileen Sun is Charles and Bruce’s mom. She made the choice to move away from the family crime business, but she has a history of being diplomatic, pragmatic, and incredibly resourceful within the business. Eileen can sometimes be guilty of being too soft on Bruce and too hard on Charles.

  • Introduced in: Pilot (Episode 1.1)
  • The actor is also known for their roles in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Additional Information

  • Michelle Yeoh did not have experience as a trained martial artist, but she has prepared for her numerous martial arts films with the on-set trainers and stunt coordinators. 
  • She won her first Academy Award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” 

Quotes

“We can’t jump to conclusions. There is always more than what first appears.”

Alexis

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Played by: Highdee Kuan 

Description: Alexis is a determined high-achiever who is working as a district attorney in hopes of a higher career soon. When a series of gruesome and mysterious murders creep up in LA, Alexis is on the case to investigate the culprit. But upon meeting Charles, we learn that Alexis and Charles had a childhood together in Taipei. 

  • Introduced in: Favor for a Favor (Episode 1.2)
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Quantum Leap,” their role in “Fear the Night,” and their role in “Welcome to Redville.”

Additional Information

  • Highdee Kuan is fluent in English, Mandarin, Dutch, and German. 

Quotes

“When our mom says they don’t want you to do something, that means they do. They just want you to do it without them having to ask.”

TK

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Played by: Joon Lee

Description: TK is Bruce’s friend, and while he gets Bruce into a fair amount of trouble, TK also takes the brunt of punishment. When TK isn’t playing video games, he seems to have to be answering for Bruce’s whereabouts.

  • Introduced in: Pilot (Episode 1.1)
  • The actor is also known for their roles in “To All the Kevins,” “Neh,” and “Geno! You Good?”

Grace

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Played by: Madison Hu

Description: Grace is Bruce’s classmate and potential love interest. She puts Bruce at ease and knows how to be honest and kind at the same time. While Grace is easygoing, she becomes increasingly suspicious about the people surrounding Bruce. 

  • Introduced in: Favor for a Favor (Episode 1.2) 
  • The actor is also known for their roles in “Bizaardvark,” “Nightshift,” and “The Boogeyman.”

Additional Information

  • Madison Hu is good friends with Olivia Rodrigo and often shows up in her music videos.
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