About Bao

Mentored by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao’s approach draws on spectacle through story and character. Screen Anarchy commended 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.” 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. His first directorial feature THE PAPER TIGERS garnered praise from Collider as “an impressive feature debut with confident command of the narrative and action alike, it’s an absolutely lovely time at the movies.” Rotten Tomatoes ranks it as one of the top Action Comedies and Asian American Movies with a Certified Fresh rating.

Management: Daniel Vang & Sarah Shyn Ayala / 3 Arts Entertainment

Director Tran Quoc Bao



The Paper Tigers - Teaser

THE PAPER TIGERS - writer.director (USA)

“A bonafide feel-good crowd-pleaser” – Collider

The Challenger

THE CHALLENGER - writer.director.editor (USA)

“Wild and heavy on the action” – Ain’t It Cool News


BOOKIE - writer.director.editor (USA)

“A little gem of a film, flawlessly realized” – Screen Anarchy

Black Coffee

BLACK COFFEE - director (USA)

“Highly entertaining and fraught with tension” – Rogue Cinema

Cho Lon

CHO LON - editor (Vietnam)

In the heart of Saigon, there’s a place where promises are still written in blood.


JACKPOT - editor (Vietnam)

• Official entry for the 2016 Academy Awards, Best Foreign Film

• Winner, 2016 Golden Kite Awards: Best Picture & Best Actress