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BETTER LUCK TOMORROW

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Better Luck Tomorrow

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
99 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/11/03
performer:
Sung Kang, Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Karin Anna Cheung, John Cho, Roger Fan
director:
Justin Lin
distributor:
MTV Films
author:
Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

A clique of Asian-American high school students become bad-boy criminals, even as they remain tightly wired academic stars; they turn delinquency into the ultimate extracurricular activity. Cowriter-director Justin Lin has captured something new: the tenor and style of an Asian-American youth culture that sees no contradiction between punk aggression and brainiac fervor. The hero, Ben (Parry Shen), pushes himself to a place that isn’t ultimately plausible, yet Lin works with rhythmic observational flair. At times, the film feels like a John Hughes triangle with edgier DNA. Still, it’s a long way from Long Duk Dong.