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Paper Tiger

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Paper Tiger
Paper Tiger Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Ken Annakin
Release Date 1975
Studio Euan Lloyd Productions
MacLean and Company
Distributor AVCO Embassy Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Walter Bradbury David Niven
Ambassador Kagoyama Toshirô Mifune
Koichi Kagoyama Ando
Günther Müller Hardy Krüger
Talah Irene Tsu

Paper Tiger is a 1975 British adventure movie directed by Ken Annakin and starring David Niven as Walter Bradbury, a teacher of a teenage son of the Japanese ambassador (Toshirô Mifune) in a fictional South Asian state, named Kulagong. When the ambassador's son and his teacher are kidnapped by local rebels, the boy and the old man have to show courage and skills to save themselves. Some of the weapons depicted were chosen because of their availability in Malaysia (where the 'Asia' sequences were filmed).

The following weapons were used in the film Paper Tiger:


Webley .38 Mk IV

"Major" Bradbury (David Niven) uses a Webley .38 Mk IV revolver in one of his "war stories".

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W
Bradbury fires his revolver.

Beretta M1934

During the assassination attempt in the Japanese embassy two rebels, disguised as waiters, carry Beretta M1934 pistols.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
A rebel draws a hidden pistol.
Another rebel aims his Beretta.

Unidentified revolvers

In several scenes various characters use snub nose revolvers.

A bodyguard of Kulagong minister fires his revolver during the assassination attempt in the Japanese embassy.
Marco (Mustapha Maarof), a driver and bodyguard for Koichi and Mr. Bradbury, draws his revolver during the kidnapping.
Wounded Marco fires his revolver at kidnappers.

Submachine Guns

Sa 25

Guard of Japanese embassy are armed with Sa 25 submachine guns. In the final scene Kulagong army commandos fire Sa 25 at rebels.

Sa 25 - 9x19mm
A guard stands at the gates of the Japanese embassy.
Commandos fire from a helicopter.
Another view of the same scene.
A close view of Sa 25.

Sten Mk II

Several British soldiers carry Sten Mk IIs in one of Bradbury's "war stories".

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
British soldiers with Stens.

Sten Mk III

A Sten Mk III is seen in hands of a British soldier in the same scene.

Sten Mk III - 9x19mm
A Sten is seen at the left.


Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifles are seen in hands of British soldiers in one of Bradbury's "war stories". Ex-Sergeant Forster (Ronald Fraser) fires a No.4 Mk.I rifle during the kidnapping of Koichi and Mr. Bradbury.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
A British soldier holds an SMLE at the background.
Forster with SMLE rifle.

Lee-Enfield No. 5

Lee-Enfield No. 5 rifles are widely used by rebels. Walter Bradbury (David Niven) also uses one of these rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine - .303 British
Talah (Irene Tsu), the leader of rebels, fires a Jungle Carbine.
A rebel with Jungle Carbine.
Bradbury climbs the mountain, carrying the rifle on sling.
A rebel fires.
A close view of the rear sight.

Karabiner 98k

A Karabiner 98k with a sword bayonet is carried by a German soldier in one of Bradbury's "war stories".

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier guards the British POWs.

Heckler & Koch HK33

Soldiers of Kulagong army are armed with Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles. The exact model is most likely HK33E as the movie was filmed in Malaysia where HK33E is a standard army weapon.

Heckler & Koch HK33A2 Select Fire rifle with Factory 25rd Magazine - 5.56x45mm
The soldiers with HK33 rifles block the road.
A close view of the buttstock and pistol grip.
Soldiers with HK33 rifles guard Kulagong government office.

Machine Guns


A Bren machine gun is used by British soldiers in one of Bradbury's "war stories".

Bren Mk2 - .303 caliber
A British soldier fires his Bren.

Browning M1919

A machine gun that looks like a Browning M1919 is mounted on the turret of an M8 Greyhound armoured car that appears in one of Bradbury's "war stories" as a German vehicle.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
A machine gun is seen atop the turret. It looks more like an M1919 than a Browning M2HB which was a standard top-mounted weapon on Greyhounds.

Other Weapons

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

"Major" Bradbury (David Niven) carries numerous Mk 2 hand grenades in one of his "war stories".

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A half a dozen grenades are seen on Bradbury's belt.

Unidentified hand grenade

In one scene rebels try to destroy the car of the minister by using hand grenades.

A rebel readies to throw a grenade.


"Major" Bradbury (David Niven) uses a PIAT launcher in one of his "war stories".

Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) with loaded bomb - 3.25 in
Bradbury holds a loaded PIAT.
He aims at a German armoured car.
A grenade for PIAT is seen on Bradbury's belt.


German soldiers fire mortars in one of Bradbury's "war stories". The mortars are seen too far and unclear to be identified.

German soldiers load a mortar.
Another mortar is seen at the right.


An M8 Greyhound armoured car appears in one of Bradbury's "war stories" as a German vehicle. It seems to be armed with a small caliber auto cannon rather than the standard 37-mm gun.

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