Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Alain Uy and Ron Yuan Talk About ‘Paper Tigers’

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Stars Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Alain Uy and Ron Yuan Talk About Paper Tigers a martials arts comedy from Well Go USA.

Stars Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Alain Uy and Ron Yuan talk about Paper Tigers a martials arts comedy from Well Go USA available today on VOD and in theaters today, May 7, 2021.

I have been fooled by trailers before and as much as I enjoyed the trailer and popped when I saw Master Ken aka Matt Page playing a major jerk only without his signature mustache I was intrigued.

Fast forward a few weeks and I pressed play on my advanced screener. Sneaking off to the kitchen for a glass of water, I heard the base drop and instead lost it, “No way! They seriously used a Kid Sensation jam!” Now, for those of you who aren’t old school hip-hop heads, Kid Sensation was part of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s crew and where as this movie could have taken place in any Chinatown, USA, as soon as Back to Boom hit, I knew this was a story set in Seattle.

Gleefully watching the intro and forgetting about the water, as the date and time flashed on the screening during one of their early-90s training session popped up showing my 15th birthday. Now unintentional personal connections aside, the story of the film was everything I wanted a more for an 80s kid who turned teenager in the 90s and a lover of martial arts.

Throughout our interview with stars Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Alain Uy and Ron Yuan, we joke how it went from popping and locking to popping and our joints locking up, tradition, the loss of emotional disciple in the transition from traditional martial arts (TMA) to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and how promotions like ONE Championship is bridging that gap.

I am also calling it from now, I want a sequel and gave it the title of Paper Dragons, just because.

Official Synopsis:
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.

Paper Tigers is available today on VOD and in theaters today, May 7, 2021.

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