Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2002.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , Justin Lin, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Justin Lin.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Justin Lin. 

A high school student () with a penchant for perfectionism works hard to achieve nothing but the best in school, then spends his evenings committing petty crime with his friends. The sense of power his little clan gets from these escapades goes to their heads and convinces them that they are powerful enough for more, and soon find themselves in some deep trouble that they might never get out of.

While their situation isn’t exactly a sympathetic one (do I care if upper middle class teenagers turn to crime for fun and then get into trouble?), the story is engaging and the entire cast likeable.  Most of its appeal, though, will be in its featuring a cast of Asian Americans who do not engage in martial arts or Long Duk Dong stereotypes.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2002


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