Know the Cast: ‘The Paper Tigers’

The Paper Tigers Cast - 2020 Movie

The Paper Tigers cast includes Alain Uy, Ron Yuan and Mykel Shannon Jenkins. This info article contains spoilers and character details for Quoc Bao Tran’s 2020 movie on Netflix. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

In The Paper Tigers, a group of childhood friends reunite for their teacher’s funeral. Upon being disrespected by a new generation of martial artists, they aim to protect their legacy and community reputation. It’s a daunting challenge, though, as all three of the main protagonists haven’t fully addressed lingering issues from the past. Written and directed by Tran Quoc Bao, The Three Tigers was co-produced by The Karate Kid Part II actor Yuji Okumoto. Here’s a Know the Cast streaming guide for the critically acclaimed film.

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Alain Uy as Danny

The Paper Tigers Cast - Alain Uy as Danny

Character Profile: The unofficial leader of the Three Tigers. In the past, he separated from his Sifu because of an argument. As an adult, he seeks partial custody of his young son. Danny must defend his legacy by defeating an assassin who is trained in gung fu.

Uy’s Resume: Pepito in State of Affairs (2015), Ernst Bodine in True Detective (2015), Daniel Pet in The Passage (2019), Jimmy in The Morning Show (2019), Dahrio Salonga in The Rookie (2021)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Ron Yuan as Hing

The Paper Tigers Cast - Ron Yuan as Hing

Character Profile: A hair piece-wearing member of the Three Tigers who informs Danny about their Sifu’s death. Ten years prior, he was injured in a scaffolding accident. Hing learns to overcome feelings about the past in order to help his buddies. He’s the most charismatic of the group.

Yuan’s Resume: Nayan in Marco Polo (2016), Aldon Decker in Siren (2018), Lord in Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019), Sergeant Qiang in Mulan (2020), Shiro Ito in Pacific Rim: The Black (2021)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Jim

The Paper Tigers Cast - Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Jim

Character Profile: A member of the Three Tigers who is tracked down by Danny and Hing. He’s a quiet type who observes and reacts. Mykel assists Danny in a climactic battle, and inspires him to remember the “power of belief.”

Jenkins’ Resume: Paul Haas in Charmed (2005), Charlie Baker in The Bold and the Beautiful (2007-12), Shmoo in Grudge Match (2013), Artemis in Anonymous (2013-14), Derrick Taylor in The Rich & the Ruthless (2017-21)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Jae Suh Park as Caryn

The Paper Tigers Cast - Jae Such Park as Caryn

Character Profile: Danny’s ex-wife who urges him to keep his word. She’s worried about protecting her son’s future at a prestigous school. Caryn drops her guard when Danny shows that he’s ready to be a better father.

Park’s Resume: Naomi Lee in Purity (2006), Michael Burry’s Wife in The Big Short (2015), Maya Cho in Adam Ruins Everything (2015-17), Marianne in Friends from College (2017-19), Joyce Wong in Never Have I Ever (2020)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Matthew Page as Carter

The Paper Tigers Cast - Matthew Page as Carter

Character Profile: A martial arts master who previously trained with the Three Tigers. In the present, he looks after a rival clan with Sifu Wong. Carter believes in the code of beimo and repeatedly challenges the Three Tigers.

Page’s Resume: Wyatt in Flock (2011-12), Master Ken in Enter the Dojo (2011-16), Harlo Landerson in Odd Thomas (2013), Lt. Stern in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Nate Madrono in Waco (2018)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Ken Quitugua as Zhen Fan

The Paper Tigers Cast - Ken Quitugua as Zhen Fan

Character Profile: An assassin who uses the Paper Tigers’ gong fu methods. He appears early on and inspires Danny and Hing to seek assistance from Jim. Zhen Fan claims to be the Sifu’s protege, and gets mixed up in organized crime.

Quitugua’s Resume: Bookie in Bookie (2008), Ray Marking in Owned (2009), Ken Champaco in Unlucky Stars (2015)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Raymond Ma as Sifu Wong

The Paper Tigers Cast - Raymond Ma as Sifu Wong

Character Profile: A clan leader who suggests that Danny start up his own school. He first appears after a funeral sequence. Sifu Wong appreciates Carter’s commitment but knows that his skills aren’t elite.

Ma’s Resume: Dr. Cheng in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Mr. Ma in Old School (2003), Marks in Starsky & Hutch (2004), Elderly Asian Man in The Muppets (2011), Zhang Shengxi in Veep (2016-19)

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The Paper Tigers Cast: Yuji Okumoto as Wing

The Paper Tigers Cast - Yuji Okumoto as Wing

Character Profile: A restaurant employee who serves the Three Tigers. He appears in the climax and wants to be part of the group. Wing talks about his karate skills, which is a reference to his villainous role in The Karate Kid Part II.

Okumoto’s Resume: Chozen in The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and Cobra Kai (2021), Pete in Johnny Tsunami (1999), Japanese Shy Bomber in Pearl Harbor (2001), Saito’s Attendant in Inception (2010), Judge Takasugi in Driven (2018)

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The Paper Tigers cast also includes Joziah Lagonoy (Fuller House), Phillip Dang (Black Lightning), Andy Le (Wu-Tang: An American Saga), Brian Le (Wu-Tang: An American Saga), La’Tevin Alexander (Judith) and Tee Dennard (An Officer and a Gentleman).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.