Watch: The Paper Tigers 2020 123movies, Full Movie Online – Three Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death..
Plot: Three middle aged men polish their martial arts skills to avenge their fallen master.
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Entertaining and fun
It was refreshing to see nice old fashion fight scenes and chorography, unlike most movies now days that are full of CGI and over the top nonsense, the movie was fun to watch, interesting and likeable characters, I would recommend it.
A film to watch between films
This is a film that I knew very little about going in. From a 20 second clip I saw, I was under the impression it was a Kung Fu crime film about three disciples avenging their sensei. Whilst I may be right, I was also very wrong.
TLDR at the bottom.
The film opens immediately with a dark scene of Sifu Cheung, the sensei being beaten down and eventually dying. It’s this opening that takes you right in and what looks like would set the tone of the film. Then the opening credits follow which are very cool- home videos of our 3 protagonists as they grow up under the wing of Sifu Cheung and as they learn and progress with their Gung Fu. It’s a neat storytelling technique as we get to see the crew behind the film. We then see our 3 protagonists in present day, much older and dealing with larger responsibilities who then go on to try and solve the mystery of their sensei’s death. It’s here between the 3 characters where the movie shines.
The dynamic here is what creates the surprising moments of the film, whether it’s the comedy or the drama of the film. It’s the heart of it. It’s about 3 former students doing right by their teacher and mending their friendship and the 3 leads really play off each other well. This is a combination of the acting and the writing; the writing flows from scene to scene in a narrative that’s easy to follow with the acting that brings some depth to the characters to get us on board with who they are and how they used to be. However, its just that, the narrative: It isn’t any new narrative to us and it simply takes us through the narrative sort of like a video game, You play as the 3 characters, go to a location and face off against the enemy for 3 rounds, each round taking control of a new character. It’s this that makes it an easy narrative to follow but doesn’t hold much weight in it.
The movie is able to balance itself between being overly cheesy and being way too serious. The fight scenes bring a sense of comedy to it with the choreography being great but the scenes seem to last way too short so once you get into the fight, a knockout’s already happened but you’re chuckling away for the duration of the fight. The fights do hold some small weight as it brings our leads closer to the death of their sensei, but the real weight is being held by, again, the dynamic. There are some heartfelt scenes here that get you to empathise with the characters as they reminisce about the past as well as some scenes of looking at the future generation and trying to do what’s right there. These scenes are welcome to the comedy film.
The ending of the film is one of the main points of highlight as it ties up storylines with each of the characters in a very feel-good fashion. However, I walked away from this film having felt satisfied to an extent with what I had just watched but didn’t feel like the events of the film stayed with me, a film that’ll pass your time but a film that won’t stay with you: A film to watch between films.
Overall, the film as a whole was good and it seems to be flying under the radar at the moment and do hope it gets more recognition as a fun film to watch but don’t expect anything deeper on it or anything mind blowing from the choreography to the narrative, to the writing. I enjoyed it but I probably won’t remember much of it.
P. S. I really did enjoy the exaggerated sound effects for the fight scenes, added to the comic, video game feel.
P. P. S. What was the motivation behind the killing?!
TLDR: A very likeable film but nothing spectacular.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Action, Comedy
Director Quoc Bao Tran
Writer Quoc Bao Tran
Actors Yuji Okumoto, Jae Suh Park, Kieran Tamondong
Country United States
Awards 3 wins & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A