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Tran is the leader of the Flaming Dragon gang and the main villain in the 2008 satirical action comedy movie Tropic Thunder. He and his henchmen kidnapped Thug 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.
Tran and his Flaming Dragon thugs has wealthy celebrity Tugg Speedman of the Scorcher franchise dragged into the gang's main headquarters, a heroin factory somewhere in Vietnam when he become insane for 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 Les Grossman but did not work because Grossman dislike Speedman's arrogance and think it was ITVO.
Tran tortured and forced Speedman to re-enact 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 sets off the gang's boss. The actors, knowing 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 guns fire blanks, recover their guns and fight back.
The 4 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 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 screaming, chased by an angry horde. Four Leaf destroys the bridge, rescuing Tugg, but as the helicopter takes off, the gang boss fires a rocket-propelled grenade at the helicopter. Inexperienced British movie director Rick Cockburn, who survived, unexpectedly stumbles out of the jungle carrying a TiVo box and throws it in the path of the grenade, saving them. The skirmish puts Tran and the whole Flaming Dragon criminal gang out of business and their heroin factory 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.