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Paper Dragons (1996)

R | | Drama | 1996 (USA)
A small-time hood, left for dead after double-crossing drug dealers, is taken in by a monastery and taught the art of kung fu.

Director:

Adolfo Swaya

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Brian Siu, Adolfo Swaya (as Adlofo Swaya) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Wong ... Master Chang
James Hong ... Master Tsai
Adolfo Swaya Adolfo Swaya ... Paul Marcos
Michael Paul Chan ... Lee Hongpo
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Greg
Frank van Keeken Frank van Keeken ... Vincent
Jeremy Renner ... Jack
Kathryn Morris ... Kate
Paul Bates ... Sammy
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Wu
Benjamin Lum Benjamin Lum ... Cook
Allen James Allen James ... Liu
Peter Kwong ... Foreman
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Chi
Gerald Jann Gerald Jann ... Butcher
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A small-time hood, left for dead after double-crossing drug dealers, is taken in by a monastery and taught the art of kung fu.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, drug content and some sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1996 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Jack: It'll work, man - we can do it.
Paul Marcos: We rip off gangster player we'll have half of China after us.
Jack: We'll be in and out of there before they even know what hit 'em. They won't know it's us. We can do it.
Paul Marcos: Too dangerous.
Jack: It's not too dangerous. I know exactly - I know when the drop takes place. We can do it. It's a piece of cake.
Kate: He's right - why should be buy it when we can just take it?
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Big Trouble in Little Renner!
18 August 2018 | by kitseelySee all my reviews

I came across this movie when I was browsing Amazon Prime's movies. Big Trouble in Little China is my favorite movie, so when I saw it had three actors from that movie in this, I had to see it. When I looked up the cast, I was shocked. It has Lo Pan, Egg Shen and Rain from Big Trouble In Little China. It also features Jeremy Renner, the lead in the show Cold Case, as well as the great, Vegetable Lasagne, from Seinfeld! Oh, and also the best part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze, Ernie Reyes Jr, who oozes charisma as the best fighter in the monastery.

The first five minutes are pretty rough, but once the story gets going, it's actually a really enjoyable movie. It follows a drug dealer who gets "assassinated", only to be found by some monks and nursed back to health. They teach him their ways, and he goes from being a bum to a good man.

I don't want to spoil anything, because the story is fun to watch unfold. I will just say that the writer/director/star of the movie did a great job with this movie. It's low budget, but he was able to make a very enjoyable movie.

I highly recommend it!


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