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Film Review - The Paper Tigers

PAPER TIGERS 1

Writer/director Quoc Bao Tran doesn’t want to generate the usual martial arts movie with “The Paper Tigers.” He’s looking for ways to make the viewing experience deeper with richly detailed characters who have issues beyond simple fight skills, also dealing with aging, parenthood, and the aches and pains of regret. Tran’s created a unique film with “The Paper Tigers,” and that’s strong enough to maintain interest in where it’s going, but it’s not always an easy ride to the finale. Editorial issues are troubling, with the picture often beating ideas and themes into the ground between scenes of characters beating one another up, and such slack pacing is difficult to endure at times, especially when a tighter, more direct cut of the endeavor seems right there for the taking. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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