Episode 39: From Backyard Kung Fu Filmmaking to The Paper Tigers Movie


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Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao was instilled with an approach to action that doesn’t rely solely on spectacle, but also draws on story and character. Screen Anarchy praised his written-and-directed short Bookie for its “flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” He has since traveled back to his homeland of Vietnam to work as a feature film editor. 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 to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. Ain’t It Cool News enthusiastically declared Bao as “a director I expect to see big things from.”

  • How to not be complacent in your life and career

  • How to go for your dreams and passions

  • The importance of mentorship

  • Using the dreams of your childhood to guide you in the decisions you make in adulthood

  • The film industry of Vietnam and struggles of censorship

  • The evolution of film editing throughout the years

  • How to support Asian American filmmakers

  • What “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Terminator” have in common


The Paper Tigers Movie Kickstarter


POV Films website

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