Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of just-released action-comedy feature film The Paper Tigers on Friday, May 21 at 7:00PM with an encore on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00PM. Each Power House Movie screening is accompanied by an exclusive conversation between Director of Film Programming Warren Etheredge and the filmmakers.
As teenagers, kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. They trained together, fought together, and planned to become the next great martial arts masters. Life, as they say, had other plans. 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.
“Yes, there are plenty of terrific fight scenes, but The Paper Tigers offers big laughs, easily identifiable characters and plenty of insight on living with your mistakes and imperfections…”
– Matthew Kiernan, Fantasia Film Festival
The Paper Tigers received its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and had its limited theatrical release on May 7.
- Winner: Special Jury Award for Best Editing, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
- Winner: Audience Award, Boston Asian American Film Festival
Filmmaker Tran Quoc Bao (writer/director/editor) was mentored by master action director Corey Yuen (The Transporter), who instilled Bao with an approach to action that draws on story and character, and doesn’t rely solely on spectacle. His editing credits include Cho Lon, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and Jackpot, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.
In celebration of Gesa Power House Theatre’s 10th Anniversary (on May 19), tickets to this weekend’s events are priced at only $10 per screening or block of short films! Please join us in celebrating the first decade of events at the Power House as we look forward to the next 10 years of art-filled performances.
General admission tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Seating for each screening is capped at 100 patrons, as allowed under Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Additional precautions including required mask use and physical distancing between households will be observed.
Power House Movies are powered by what you can’t get anywhere else in the Walla Walla Valley. Not only do we showcase award-winning festival favorites, feature-length narratives, documentaries, and undiscovered gems, we pair them with exclusive content from the movie makers themselves – most often in conversation with our Director of Film Programming, Warren Etheredge. Join us for a night out in our historic venue, and enjoy a glass of wine with the show. It’s an experience worth leaving the couch for!
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