- Rated: R
- Video: Color
- Released: September 24, 2013
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Paramount Catalog
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/11/2003
"...A shrewdly tense piece of storytelling....Swift, compelling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/18/2003
"...Lin works with a rhythmic observational flair..."
Rolling Stone - 05/01/2003
"...Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you..."
Box Office - 05/01/2003
"...Solid performances by the cast and Lin's expressive storytelling techniques combine for an absorbing twist on this coming-of-age tale..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/11/2003
"...[Justin Lin] reveals himself as a skilled and sure director, a rising star....Lin keeps a sure hand on tricky material; he has obvious confidence about where he wants to go and how he wants to get there..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/11/2003
"...[Lin is] engaged with the world to a degree that's rare in the indie scene. He's not averse to making us think; he just knows that first he's got to catch our attention..."
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, the first feature film from director and screenwriter Justin Lin, is a dark comedy about Asian-American high school students in suburban Los Angeles. High school student Ben Manibag (Parry Shen) is an overachiever. The polite 16-year-old does well in class, studies diligently for the SATs, works in a fast food restaurant, and is involved with extracurricular activities that will enhance his college applications. Essentially, he is an ideal Ivy League candidate. But when he is befriended by senior Daric Loo (Roger Fan)--class valedictorian and captain of the academic decathlon team--his life changes. Bit by bit Ben, his best friend Virgil (Jason Tobin), and Virgil's cousin, Han (Sung Kang), are drawn from their boring suburban high school life to Daric's increasingly risky propositions and into a world of petty crime, drugs, and sex. Eventually, the foursome's activities begin to spin out of control, culminating in shocking events that none of them could anticipate.
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