Black Sash (TV series)

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Black Sash
Black Sash Title.jpg
Genre Action
Created by Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Russell Wong
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Robert Mark Kamen
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) The Sash Films Inc.
Tollin/Robbins Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network The WB
Original release March 30 – June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01)

Black Sash is an American action adventure drama television series starring Russell Wong. It ran from March 30[1][2] to June 1, 2003. Including pilots, a total of eight episodes were made, however only six episodes were aired on The WB.


Russell Wong plays Tom Chang, an undercover narcotics cop, who is framed for smuggling heroin and spends five years incarcerated in a Hong Kong prison. Having lost his career, wife and the right to see his daughter, he returns home to San Francisco to try to restore his former life. In San Francisco, Tom's mentor, Master Li (Mako), gives Tom his Chinese martial arts school to run and somewhere to live in a building on the wharf.

Students at the school include Tory Stratton played by Missy Peregrym, Trip Brady played by Corey Sevier, Bryan Lanier played by Ray J, Allie Bennett played by Sarah Carter, and Nick Reed played by Drew Fuller. Tom trains his students in "the art of 8 palm changes", Baguazhang.

The series revolves around Tom's relationship with his daughter and wife, who has since re-married, and on his role as a mentor to the students who attend his martial arts school. The series also focuses on the romantic relationships of its characters.


Although Black Sash was set in San Francisco, it was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The theme song for the show is the Greenwheel song "Breathe".

About the show's failure, one of the show's producer, Carlton Cuse said: "I think everyone involved made a noble effort, but at the end of the day it just wasn’t a TV show that worked. Most don’t!"[3]


  1. ^ King, Susan (March 24, 2003). "Reception fuzzy for debut of TV shows". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  2. ^ Friedman, Josh (March 29, 2003). "'Black Sash' may have chops, but 'The Pitts' keeps missing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2017-01-19.

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