Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto
Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto

As a kid Tran Quoc Bao made backyard Jackie Chan videos that Corey Yuen helped edit. Bruce Lee inspired his martial arts tribute film The Paper Tigers

  • ‘Shaw Brothers in a street fight’ is how Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao describes the martial arts action scenes in his new film
  • Bruce Lee’s rooftop fights growing up in Hong Kong inspired the film, as did Hong Kong martial arts movie themes such as avenging a master’s death

Topic |   American films
Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto
Joziah Lagonoy and Alain Uy in a still from The Paper Tigers, a film directed by Vietnamese-American Tran Quoc Bao that borrows themes from classic Hong Kong martial arts movies and takes inspiration from Bruce Lee, who lived in Seattle, where the film is set and where the director grew up. Photo: Alwin Szeto
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