The China Tiger
A group of Asian Park Rangers join with a task force from the FBI to stop the illegal distribution of tiger parts, heroin and diamonds to a world market.
In the year of the Tiger, when there are only six thousand of these magnificent animals left on earth, a team of Asians with Worldwide contacts is formed to prevent the poaching of Tigers and the selling of Tiger parts on the open market. These Park Rangers are led by an action hero in the style of Jackie Chan and are hot on the trail of a poacher in South Eastern Asia.
In Los Angeles, California, an FBI strike team has been formed to help stop the shipment and sale of illegal animal parts and animals on the near extinct list. This group is also led by an action hero in the style of Sylvester Stallone. As the Asian Park force is saving the life of a tiger, the Los Angeles FBI unit is moving in on an ancient traditional Chinese medicine store in downtown Chinatown.
Connections are made between the raid in Los Angeles and the poacher in Asia and suddenly the two groups are joined together in Hong Kong as a single team. What the teams find out when they pool all of their information is that a huge drug ring operated by the triads are shipping a new kind of heroin in small china tigers, about the size of a football.
The team moves together as a unit now and returns to the southeastern portion of Siberia to find the drug trail used by the triads. An Asian female photographer representing the World Wide Fund (WWF) joins the small army to document these events.
The team returns to Hong Kong after losing the trail and also losing the photographer. The film moves to Maccau, headquarters for the triad, in a showdown except the entire team is captured and held hostage in an old, underground Portuguese tunnel system. When the group is finally freed there is a large scale, underground battle that moves to above ground and finally to a destructive car chase which ends off the Maccau pier and into the waters of the South China Sea.
The China Tiger presents a faced paced action/thriller whose over-riding message concerns the saving of the Tiger from the list of extinct animals, which could very possibly happen before the year two thousand and four.
"The China Tiger" was a semi-finalist in The Chesterfield Screenplay Competition, 1998.
Mr. Mc Quown has been honored with winning at the 1997 Santa Clarita International Film Festival, Animation Division with The Rocking Horse Christmas, the 2000 Telluride Independent Film Festival with The Tahoe Signal, the 2002 Telluride Independent Film Festival with Dot Gone and the 2002-2003 Key West Independent Film Festival with Pier 21.
Quantum Quest (Honorable Mention)