El Dragón: Return of a Warrior

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El Dragón: Return of a Warrior
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GenreDrama
Created byArturo Pérez-Reverte
Written by
  • Esther Feldman
  • Daniela Richer
  • Carlos Algara
  • Marisel Lloberas
  • Sandra Finkelstain
Directed by
  • Alvaro Curiel de Icaza
  • Mauricio Cruz Fortunato
  • Carlos Cock Marín
  • Pavel Vázquez
Starring
Theme music composerJaime Vargas Fabila
Opening theme"Guerrero"
by Ilza Ponko[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes82 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Carlos Bardasano
Producer(s)Jorge Sastoque Roa
Production location(s)
Editor(s)Alba Merchán Hamann
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original network
  • Netflix (Worldwide)
  • Univision (United States)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
First shown inUnited States
Original release30 September 2019 (2019-09-30) –
present

El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (Spanish: El Dragón: El regreso de un guerrero), or simply El Dragón, is a Spanish-language crime drama television series created by Arturo Pérez-Reverte for Televisa and Univision. The series premiered first in the United States on 30 September 2019 on Univision,[2][3][4][5] and its first season ended on 22 November 2019 with a total of 38 episodes.[6] While the second season premiered on 25 November 2019 only in the United States, and concluded on 20 January 2020 with a total of 44 episodes..[7] The first season was available for streaming in worldwide on Netflix on 4 October 2019. It stars Sebastián Rulli as the title character.[8]

The first season of the series has positioned itself in the top 10 of the most watched programs on Netflix in Mexico.[9]

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around Miguel Garza (Sebastián Rulli), a man who because of his physical attractiveness and mysterious way of being attracts anyone who knows him. He believes that everyone revolves around him, and no one can oppose his charms. In addition to being attractive, he is intelligent and a successful entrepreneur in business. For Miguel everything seems to take him to the top of the world, but without knowing it, his worst enemy will be ambition.[10]

Plot[edit]

The story begins in Ciudad Jimenez, Mexico. There, Miguel's parents, Roberto and Lucía Garza, die as a result of an attempt against them; but he and his brother and sister survive. After this, the capo Lamberto Garza decides to protect his grandchildren and sends Miguel to study outside of Mexico and turn him into a successful businessman, while he sends Chisca (Cassandra Sánchez Navarro) to a boarding school in Spain and he keeps Jorge (Juan Pablo Gil) by his side at the ranch where he lives and from where he controls the largest drug transport in the region of Mexico.[10]

20 years later, Miguel lives completely calm in Japan, with his girlfriend Asya, whom he loves deeply. And on top of that he is a successful financier.[10] But suddenly he receives a call from Dora, the wife of his grandfather Lamberto, in which she tells him that he must travel to Mexico soon as it is a matter of life or death. Upon returning to Ciudad Jimenez, Mexico, Miguel realizes that his grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's disease and that he is very weak in heart. Following this, Lamberto makes Miguel see that he must take care of the family business, and not only that, that he has 24 hours to decide whether or not to accept the position as head of the family cartel.[10] Miguel without so many complaints, decides to accept the position as the new leader of the cartel of his family, but he does not pretend to be a drug dealer, on the contrary he accepts the position as a challenge, since he thinks that he can turn the family business into something else, such as for example in making money circulate around the world to make large legal financial investments.[10]

But something that makes him make the final decision to accept such a position, is his wife Asya, who decides to commit suicide upon learning that she suffers from a terminal illness.[10] Miguel will live a terrible duel and close the doors of his heart forever. Or so he will believe until he meets Adela (Renata Notni), the cheerful and selfless taxi driver, the only woman after Asya who will really know him and that far from being impressed by his possessions or tycoon image, will challenge him to look in the mirror and decide who he really is.[10] Now Miguel must make everyone adapt his own rules, since he is not accustomed to the world of the mafia and the narcos, thanks to Japanese culture, he knows how to fight like a samurai warrior, heal wounds with ancient millenary techniques and speak several languages. Everything moves too far away from what is the current Mexico, the place where Miguel intends to meet his siblings again, but in his journey he will be kidnapped in Colombia, he will face terrible Russian cartels, he will have to dodge the attacks of the powerful Italian mafia, avoid being caught by the gringos, and come to the power of the Japanese Yakuza.[10]

Cast[edit]

An extensive cast list was published in June 2019 by Peruvian outlet El Comercio.[11]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Television broadcast[edit]

The entire first season was first released on streaming service Netflix on 4 October 2019; the series premiered on Univision on 30 September 2019.

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Mon–Fri 10pm 38 30 September 2019 (2019-09-30) 1.43[16] 22 November 2019 (2019-11-22) 1.11[17] 1.16
2 44 25 November 2019 (2019-11-25) 1.39[18] 20 January 2020 (2020-01-20) 1.73[19] 1.36

Production[edit]

Arturo Pérez-Reverte creator of the series

The creation of the series began in the wake of a meeting in Madrid, Spain with Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Patricio Wills, who had previously created La Reina del Sur, a series that opened the way to the "world of narconovelas".[20] The idea was to try to do something different from Teresa Mendoza.[20] At that time, both already had a perspective of Miguel Garza.[20] Wills, who was then looking to create a new and different story, told Pérez-Reverte and he said: "I suggested a story of a third generation of narcos. How the grandson of a narco would act when he was heir to an empire".[20] At that time, both said that "Miguel was going to be a man trained in Japan, an industrialist, a financier, who has more computer scientists than gunmen, more economists than gunmen or border men.[20] The series creation process, initially announced in 2016, also required several years of development and hundreds of auditions.[20]

The series was confirmed on 10 May 2018 during the Univision upfront for the 2018-2019 television season.[21] A year later was presented again at the upfront for the 2019-2020 television season.[22] Filming of the series began on 13 November 2018 with the title El último dragón,[23] and concluded on 25 July 2019, thus confirming a total of 82 episodes for the first season.[24] The series is created by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, produced by Carlos Bardasano and deloveped by W Studios and Lemon Films for Univision, and Televisa.[24] The series was filmed for eight months in places like Tokyo,Japan, Madrid, Spain, Miami, United States and in Mexico, specifically in Mexico City; Up to three units were used simultaneously with Sony F55 cameras and Ultra Prime optics.[24] Part of the story of El Dragón takes place in Japan, one of the countries with the greatest tradition in martial arts.[24] To play Miguel Garza, Sebastián Rulli had a seven-month training at Aikido.[24] And the actors Alex Durán and Víctor Jiménez required special preparation to adapt to the Yakuza culture.[24] In addition to filming in Spain, Japan and the United States, the Mexican cities of Veracruz, Huatulco, Mazatlan and Cuernavaca served as locations for the series.[24]

After passing through Japan to begin filming El Dragón, Sebastián Rulli traveled to Spain to film scenes of the series with Mexican actress Cassandra Sánchez Navarro, who is his sister in the series.[11] Cassandra said "I've been filming with you for a few days, but I feel as if you are already my brother of a lifetime".[11] Renata Notni began filming on Tuesday, 4 December 2018 in Mexico, while Rulli did the same a little earlier in Japan.[11] Both actors filmed their first scenes together the first week of December in Mexico.[11]

Netflix acquisition[edit]

At the end of October 2018, it was confirmed that Netflix and Televisa would partner again to create new content.[25] Among one of the productions highlighted in his proposal was El último dragón.[26] Several months later, Irina Baeva shared through her Instagram account that the series would have its premiere via streaming on 4 October 2019 on Netflix, but with the title changed to El Dragón: El regreso de un guerrero.[27] This would be the first series of Televisa, to premiere online, after its premiere on television.[27] On Netflix the series consists of 38 episodes.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""GUERRERO" es el nuevo tema de Ilza Ponko y tema de la nueva novela serie "EL DRAGON"". univision.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Televisa apuesta por escritor Pérez Reverte y actriz Silvia Pinal para 2019". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Univision Unveils 2019-2020 Content Slate Built on Live Entertainment, Scripted Dramas, Sports and News". corporate.univision.com. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Univisión apuesta alto en septiembre con La usurpadora y El dragón". produ.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Prepárate para el estreno mundial de El Dragón el 30 de septiembre por Univision". univision.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ González, Moisés. "Univision estrena la segunda temporada de El dragón". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Estrenos y Finales: Del lunes, 20 enero 2020 al domingo, 26 enero 2020". produ.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  8. ^ Herrera, Alberto. "Sebastián Rulli será el "'Robin Hood" de la serie "El último Dragón"". laverdadnoticias.com (in Spanish). La Verdad Noticias. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  9. ^ González, Moisés. "La telenovela también manda en las plataformas de streaming". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h González, Moisés. "Así es la historia de El dragón con Sebastián Rulli". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e ""El dragón": fecha de estreno, tráiler, historia, personajes y todo sobre la telenovela de Sebastián Rulli". elcomercio.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  12. ^ Atitude e Visão, Redação. "Direto do México entrevista com o ator Rodrigo Massa". atitudeevisao.com.br (in Portuguese). A&V. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  13. ^ González, Moisés. "Actriz dice 'no' a Catalina Creel y otras 9 noticias ¡de telenovela!". peopleenespanol.com (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  14. ^ Vidal, Ricardo. "Alejandra Espinoza presenta a la Dra. Sonia Aristimuño, su personaje en 'Rubí'" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Entérate que hacen juntos Zuleyka Rivera y Sebastián Rulli". ahoramismo.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ González, Moisés. "El dragón vence a No te puedes esconder". peopleenespañol.com (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  17. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Friday Final Ratings: 'Love After Lockup' on WE tv Concludes its Second Season". programminginsider.com. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  18. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing with the Stars' on ABC Hits Season-High in Adults 18-49 with 28th Season Finale". programminginsider.com. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  19. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Monday Final Ratings: '9-1-1: Lone Star' on Fox with Modest Hold from its Series Debut". programminginsider.com. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Un vistazo a El dragón de la mano de su creador". todotvnews.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Deadline: Univision Reveals 2018-19 Programming, Highlights Netflix Relationship, Global Pilot Program – Upfronts". Univision. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  22. ^ Ayala, Juan. "Univision "Reaches for the Heart" During 2019-20 Upfronts". mediavillage.com. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Sebastián Rulli y Renata Notni inician grabaciones de 'El último dragón', serie de Univision y Televisa". laopinion.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g "Finalizan las grabaciones de El Dragón". produ.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Televisa anuncia que creará contenido para Netflix y otras plataformas streaming". sinembargo.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Televisa volverá a ser socia de Netflix". elfinanciero.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  27. ^ a b "Irina Baeva anuncia fecha de estreno de la nueva serie en Netflix ¡Por fin!". laverdadnoticias.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  28. ^ "'El Dragón' temporada 2 en Netflix y Univisión". eguate.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 October 2019.

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