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Do you want to die?! Do you?!
~ Tran
Shut up now!
~ Tran

Tran is the main antagonist in the 2008 satirical action comedy movie Tropic Thunder. He is the leader of the Flaming Dragon gang who kidnapped Tugg Speedman and forced him to play the role of Simple Jack from the film of the same name and which is his favorite movie.

He is portrayed by Brandon SooHoo, who played young Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

History

Tran and his Flaming Dragon thugs has celebrity Tugg Speedman of the Scorcher franchise dragged into the gang's main headquarters, a heroin factory somewhere in Vietnam when Speedman had become insane from killing a giant panda and hold him as hostage, although Tugg believes the base is a POW (prisoners-of-war) camp from the script of Tropic Thunder. They do so in order to get money from his producers and call his agent Rick Peck, only for Les Grossman, the producer behind Tropic Thunder, to take the call and tell them off in a obscenity-filled death threat.

Tran subsequently forced Speedman to reenact Simple Jack, the titular mentally challenged character of the 1990s box office flop Simple Jack.

Tugg's fellow movie actors, Kirk Lazarus (multitalented Australian method actor and 5-time Academy Award winner), Alpa Chino (famous actor and closeted homosexual), Jeff Portnoy (drug-addicted comedian and star of toilet humor-based movies including The Fatties and The Fatties: Fart 2), and Kevin Sandusky (novice actor) discover the Flaming Dragon's heroin factory. After witnessing Tugg being tortured, they plan a rescue attempt based on the film's script.

Kirk impersonates a farmer towing a "captured" Jeff on the back of a water buffalo, distracting the armed guards so Alpa and Kevin can infiltrate and find the prisoners, but a combination of broken Chinese and inconsistencies in his story arouses Tran's suspicion. The actors, realizing their cover has been blown, begin firing, fooling gang members including the leader Tran into surrender. Their control of the gang falls apart when Jeff grabs the leader Tran during their short-lived hand-to-hand combat tussle and heads for the drugs within the factory, and the gang, realizing the actors' guns fire blanks, recover their own guns and fight back.

The actors soon found fake Vietnam War veteran/Coast Guard sanitation worker "Sergeant" John "Four Leaf" Tayback, pyromaniac explosives expert Cody Underwood, and the briefly-brainwashed Tuggs Speedman, and after rescuing them, cross a bridge rigged to explode to get to Underwood's helicopter. Tugg initially remains behind, believing Flaming Dragon to be his "family", but runs back chased by an angry horde, screaming to blow the bridge. Four Leaf destroys the bridge, saving Tugg from the gang members, but as the helicopter takes off, Tran fires a rocket-propelled grenade at the helicopter.

Peck unexpectedly stumbles out of the jungle carrying a TiVo box and throws it in the path of the grenade, saving the actors, Four Leaf, and Cody. The skirmish puts Tran and the whole Flaming Dragon criminal gang out of business, as their heroin factory is out of order and in ruins. Meanwhile, the whole movie crew return to Hollywood, where footage from the hidden cameras is compiled into a feature film "Tropic Blunder", which becomes a major critical and commercial success and ultimately wins Tugg Speedman his first Academy Award, which Kirk presents to him at the Oscars ceremony.

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Trivia

  • His name is also the nickname of the street-racing criminal Johnny Tran from the 2001 film The Fast & the Furious.
  • The character was compared to Karen National Union guerrilla leaders Johnny and Luther Htoo.

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