The Chino and Chicano talk with Bao Tran, writer and director of the excellent action, comedy Paper Tigers. The movie was shot in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and has been called one of the best action movies of 2021. Bao Tran talks about the long journey to make the film, its success and how it has opened doors for him as a director. #ThePaperTigers
Bao Tran | Writer/Director
Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao was instilled with an approach to action that doesn’t rely solely on spectacle, but also draws on story and character. Screen Anarchy commended his written-and-directed short BOOKIE for its “flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” His editing credits include CHO LON, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and JACKPOT, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. His first directorial feature THE PAPER TIGERS garnered praise from Collider as “an impressive feature debut with confident command of the narrative and action alike, it’s an absolutely lovely time at the movies.” Rotten Tomatoes ranked it in each of their top categories for Best Action, Comedies, and Asian American Movies with a Certified Fresh rating.