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The Paper Tigers

Directed by Bao Tran

Throughout the 1990s, three teenagers endure brutal Kung Fu training under their master’s constant watch. Swearing loyalty to their teacher and each other, they hone their skills in secret challenge matches and defeat rival schools. Building up a fearsome reputation of invincibility, they are known as “The Three Tigers.” Life gets in the way, and after growing apart for twenty years, the former classmates are reunited when their master is mysteriously killed. Digging deeper, they learn that he died at the hands of a traitorous student who sold out his fighting skills to the criminal underworld. Despite their past grudges, personal struggles, and being terribly out of shape, the old Kung Fu brothers must stop the rogue disciple and keep the vow they made long ago – to defend the honor of the clan, no matter the cost.

This film is available in the United States and Canada on 11/5.

There will be a LIVE Q&A with the cast and crew after the screening

Food Offerings: In partnership with PCDC’s “Ai Love Chinatown” initiative, we are bringing our audiences the “Paper Tiger Package” from Rangoon and Philly Poke. Both local Chinatown restaurants have created a special menu in celebration of PAAFF 2020’s Opening Night. Click the links below to order for delivery.

Rangoon – click “Special Offer”
Philly Poke – click “2020 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival”

Preceded By

A Side of Light

Directed by Michelle Wu

This short documentary examines how Asian American organizations in Philadelphia are working to keep their communities safe from COVID-19 and the racism spurred by the pandemic.

Dates & Times


PAAFF website

Thu, Nov 5
7:00 pm