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Hosted By AREAA, The Paper Tigers At Sacramento’s Tower Theatre

Hosted By AREAA, The Paper Tigers At Sacramento’s Tower Theatre

Two tigers cannot share the same mountain.

So goes the old Chinese proverb. As always, wise, subtle, and on point. But for ‘Danny 8 Hands’, one of the star characters in ‘The Paper Tigers’, however, it’s more than an old saying. He actually lived it. Don’t worry. There’ll be no spoilers in this movie review of The Paper Tigers. We promise. But let’s just say, two tigers cannot share the same mountain.

AREAA, Asian Real Estate Association of America hosted a screening of The Paper Tigers at Tower Theatre in Sacramento last week. Elk Grove Tribune attended. We’ve got your review of The Paper Tiger below!

The Paper Tigers

We sat in the crowded Tower Theater, waiting to watch The Paper Tigers. For many, it was their first time attending a theater since the pandemic started. The story, which we won’t spoil for you, is about a man’s search for lost honor and courage. It’s also about fatherhood, family, and friendship. Eliza Flug, Al’n Duong, and Yuji Okumoto, Producers of The Paper Tiger, bring us an emotional story of how to overcome big odds, and how to focus on what matters most. In this case, family, honor, friendship, and courage.

Three middle-aged martial artists, one kick away from pulling a hamstring, must juggle dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge their teacher.

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.

The message is right on time. Many of us are slowly but surely re-entering the social world after a historic pandemic. In a time like this, The Paper Tiger inspires hope. Something we all need. Directed in Seattle by Quoc Boa Tran, The Paper Tigers is a strong, not too long, action-packed winner. Did we say action-packed? Wow! The action in this film is almost dizzying (in a good way). For that, thank action Director/actor Ken Quitugua, among others.

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Photo Credit: Anh Luu

Questions, Answers & AREAA

The reviews are in. The Paper Tigers is 100% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and named Top 10 Best Asian American films ever made. Even with all the fanfare, though, The Paper Tigers is a simple, emotional story about finding honor, courage, and meaning in life.

Having said that, let’s be honest. Even though last year sometime is probably the last time you’ve been to an actual movie theatre in person, when a movie is over, people usually bolt out of the theatre. Right? However, at last Wednesday’s screening of The Paper Tiger, fans stayed for a Q&A. A very nice touch. You can watch the trailer for The Paper Tigers at

Photo Credit: AREAA Sacramento

The Sacramento chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) sponsored the screening of The Paper Tigers. AREAA boasts over 17,000 members in 42 chapters across the US and Canada. According to its website, the organization is the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) trade organization in North America.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.

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Chris Lodgson

Chris Lodgson our News & Events Editor. Chris is a researcher and regulatory analyst at a legal information company, where he creates and delivers legal content on current issues on a daily basis. Originally from New York City, he's also a local organizer, business owner, and social media-marketer supporting Sacramento County Black-owned businesses.

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