Better Luck Tomorrow

Film

Time Out says

Shot for peanuts, noticed at Sundance and eventually distributed by Paramount and MTV, Lin's first solo feature (like Shopping for Fangs, which he co-directed with Quentin Lee) spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot. In essence, it's a SoCal high-school movie in which the protagonists just happen to be of Asian descent. 17-year-old star pupil Ben Manibag (Shen) allows boredom and bad company to draw him into a parallel life in a criminal gang; one nosebleed too many later, he comes to his senses. Meanwhile he's emotionally racked by his ambiguous friendships with classmate Steph (Cheung) and her odd, rich-kid boyfriend Steve (Cho). Things go pear-shaped towards the end with a grisly murder and an attempted suicide, both owing more to Screenwriting 101 than to the character psychology as sketched. Decent performances, though, and you can see why MTV liked the flashy editing style.

Details

Release details

Duration:
99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Justin Lin
Screenwriter:
Ernesto M Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez
Cast:
Parry Shen
Jason Tobin
Sung Kang
Roger Fan
John Cho
Karin Anna Cheung
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