Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins on Kung Fu Bonding in The Paper Tigers [Exclusive Interview]

THE PAPER TIGERS-Ron Yuan-Alain Uy-Mykel Shannon Jenkins

THE PAPER TIGERS-Ron Yuan-Alain Uy-Mykel Shannon Jenkins

After years of non-practice in the fighting arts, anyone can pick up kung fu again as if it’s like getting on a bicycle. Or at least in The Piper Tigers the trio of 40-plus aging men like to think so.

In this comedy-action martial arts film, Alain Uy (True Detective), Ron Yuan (Mulan), and Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Undisputed III)protray three former friends and fighting buddies must reunite to solve a murder of their former master.

Here’s the official synopsis:

As teenagers, kung fu disciples (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 mast 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.

The rest of the cast includes Matthew Page (Enter the Dojo), Andy Le (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Yuji Okumoto (Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Karate Kid II). Tran Quoc Bao wrote and directed the movie.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with the three leading actors of Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins. We discussed the acting, fighting, comedic moments, and even the full set of hair on Ron Yuan’s head.

Alain Uy is most recognizable as Ernst Bodine in True Detective. He has appeared in many notable series, including Helstrom, Rizzoli & Isles, The Rookie, MacGyver, The Morning Show, The Last Ship, and The Passage to name a few.

Most recently, Ron Yuan was part of the ensemble cast in the Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan as Master Sgt. Qiang. He was a series regular in Netflix’s Marco Polo as Prince Nayan. Also, he appeared in several films such as Independence Day: Resurgence, The Accountant, and even the indie darling MDMA. Other series appearances included The Blacklist, Justified, Castle, and Sons of Anarchy. In 2019, he voiced Scorpion for the video game Mortal Kombat 11.

Mykel Shannon Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University. He landed many roles in television, including TV ONE’s Miss Me This Christmas, A Royal Christmas Ball, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and CW’s Containment. On the film side, his film credits included The Last Heist, The Masked Saint, and Undisputed III: Redemption.

The Paper Tigers is in theaters and On Demand today.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Well Go Entertainment

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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