The idea of aging martial artists finding their lives entwining again might put you in mind of Cobra Kai, but new Kung Fu comedy Paper Tigers promises not only a different fighting method, but an alternative tone. See the trailer below…

Writer/director Quoc Bao Tran makes his feature debut with the film is the story of kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan) and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins), who were inseparable as teenagers. 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 (Roger Yuan) 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 honourably defend his legacy.

The Paper Tigers will serve as the opening film of the Fighting Spirit Film Festival on 11 September at the Stratford Picturehouse and then releases via Altitude Film’s site (find the link here) on digital on 20 September.

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