Joziah Lagonoy, Matthew Page, Jae Suh Park, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Ken Quitugua
Al'n Duon, Daniel Gildark, Yuji Okumoto, Michael Velasquez
Beimo Films LLC
After the August 30 screening, join us at 11:00pm for a live Q&A with Writer/Director Bao Tran, Action Director/Actor Ken Quitugua, Actors Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Mykel Shannon Jenkins and Matthew Page
As teens, friends Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (MULAN's Ron Yuan) and Jim (UNDISPUTED III's Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. Loyal disciples to their Sifu, Master Cheung (Roger Yuan), they trained together, fought together and planned to become the next great martial arts masters. Life, as they say, has other plans, and when Danny left to take part in a tournament in Japan, the three friends drifted apart. Now, nearly 30 years later, tragedy brings them back together. Sifu has been killed, and the three friends, now strangers, reunite to fulfill their promise to him and catch his killer. They're older, not exactly wiser, and their bodies are definitely not in the same condition as before, but they're about to discover they still haven't learned everything martial arts – and friendship – can teach them.
Heartwarming is not a term usually used to describe most martial arts movies outside of THE KARATE KID, but that's just what THE PAPER TIGERS is. Yes, there are plenty of terrific fight scenes, but THE PAPER TIGERS offers big laughs, easily identifiable characters and plenty of insight on living with your mistakes and imperfections that the standard fight movies tend to avoid. Writer-director Quoc Bao Tran has set out to make not just another martial arts movie, but a movie that's about martial arts, its philosophies and the lessons it continues to teach you well into your old age. Anchored by great chemistry and immensely likeable performances from Uy, Yuan and Jenkins, THE PAPER TIGERS delivers all the quality ass-kicking you want out of a good martial arts film, but Tran is intent on delivering much more, a story about the importance of friendship and staying true to your heart, which is what makes THE PAPER TIGERS both so special and so good. – Matthew Kiernan
Adam Carter Rehmeier
A riotously hilarious anti-romantic comedy – that just happens to be genuinely romantic – in a universe between WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE and REPO MAN.
Shinichiro Ueda (ONE CUT OF THE DEAD) is back with the highly anticipated SPECIAL ACTORS – in which actors infiltrate a cult and turn the entire world into a stage!
Exploring the frivolities of youth and the difficulties of mental illness, COSMIC CANDY is a sparkling burst of optimism in the face of profound gloom.