Kung Fu, redemption, honor, and a nice bit of comedy and humanity is what gives The Paper Tigers the heart of a great film.

I watched Kung Fu Theater every weekend on Sunday. Sometimes my dad would join me which made it even more special. I’ve been a fan of martial arts since then.

My wife and I have been watching Cobra Kai, which has many of the same elements as the film.

I mentioned redemption. The Paper Tigers have not followed the path of honor and that their teacher had engrained into them.

After 25 years of not practicing Kung Fu, The Paper Tigers come together to defend their master’s legacy after he has been murdered by a hitman. It’s a fun road that the story takes audiences on, building up to the final fight.

I felt such great energy while watching this movie. It’s as if I’m motivated to be better in my life. I may not know Kung Fu, but the principles of the art are ones that everyone should follow.

The Paper Tigers stars Alain Uy (True Detective), Ron Yuan (Mulan), Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Undisputed III), Matthew Page (“Enter the Dojo” – Master Ken), Andy Le (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai” & Karate Kid II)


As teenagers, kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan) and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. Fast forward 25 years, and each has grown into a washed-up middle-aged man seemingly one kick away from pulling a hamstring—and not at all preoccupied with thoughts of martial arts or childhood best friends. But when their old master is murdered, the trio reunites, soon learning that avenging their sifu will require conquering old grudges (and a dangerous hitman still armed with ample knee cartilage) if they are to honorably defend his legacy.

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The Paper Tigers arrives in Theaters & On Demand May 7th.

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