Asian Heritage Month: The Paper Tigers

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Three childhood Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men – now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their Sifu is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome old grudges to avenge his death…

If you have fond memories of watching The Karate Kid back in the day, you’re the target audience for this entertaining throwback to classic martial arts flicks, laced with just the right amount of bad dad comedic chops.

Director’s Notes

Imagine Bruce Lee in his 40s, out of shape and divorced, estranged from his kids, and trying to figure out his place in the world. Then imagine that same Bruce Lee’s comeback. Family, career, and life might have consumed us, but there will always be a part of us that is dying to do a few spin kicks in the backyard.

"Fresh, funny, and full of heart… Fueled by a tremendous trio of leads, Tran’s light touch, and tightly choreographed fight scenes, The Paper Tigers is an absolute delight of feel-good fun and a welcome reminder that you’re never too old to "grow up" and fulfill your promise." Haleigh Foutch, Collider

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Tran Quoc Bao

Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Jae Suh Park, Matthew Page, Joziah Lagonoy
Executive Producer Andrew Jiang, Christine Lee Risinger, Nick Risinger, Jennifer Wang, Gildas Cheung, Hieu Tran, Mark Tran, Derek Xu, Ann Yu, Eliza Flug, Andrew Nevils, Collin Manaois, Arsenio Valdez, Kevin Woo, Jp Zarate, Dat Nguyen, Phuong Tran, Todd Brown
Producer Michael Velasquez, Al’n Duong, Yuji Okumoto, Daniel Gildark
Screenwriter Tran Quoc Bao
Cinematographer Shaun Mayor
Editor Kris Kristensen, Tran Quoc Bao
Music Daniel L.K. Caldwell
USA 2020 108 min. 19+ Trailer | Official Website | Article | Review


Please note that this film can be viewed in Canada only.