Better Luck Tomorrow

Better Luck Tomorrow

Director: Justin Lin Cast: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang

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Overview

A group of unlikely high school students take up crime as an extracurricular activity in this independent drama. Ben (Parry Shen) is a 16-year-old high school student who is the living embodiment of the stereotypical Asian overachiever. Ben obsessively studies even though he gets straight A's, takes part in a dizzying variety of school activities and community volunteer work, which he thinks will look good on his resume to colleges, and is even a member of the basketball team, even though he spends most of the season riding the pine. Ben also hopes being part of the team will help him win the heart of Stephanie Vandergosh (Karin Anna Cheung), a cute but equally obsessive girl who is on the cheerleading squad. When the big man on campus, Daric (Roger Fan), publishes an article in the school newspaper that points out Ben's true role on the team is to add a touch of ethnic diversity to satisfy Board of Education requirements, Ben is so embarrassed he quits the team and imagines his academic future going up in smoke. Daric seizes the opportunity to propose that he and Ben go into business, creating and selling detailed cheat sheets for school tests and placement exams. The cheat sheets are an immediate hit, and soon Ben and Daric advance to other forms of low-level crime, including drug dealing and fencing stolen goods. Before long, Ben and Daric are joined by a handful of friends -- Ben's close friend and part-time kleptomaniac Virgil (Jason Tobin), Hong Kong gangster wannabe Han (Sung Kang), and Steve (John Cho), a kid from a wealthy family who happens to be dating Stephanie -- but they soon find themselves moving deeper into the criminal underworld than they ever anticipated, and things get ugly when they try to move on. Better Luck Tomorrow was enthusiastically received in its screenings at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
UPC: 0032429065643
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Parry Shen Ben Manibag
Jason Tobin Virgil Hu
Sung Kang Han
Roger Fan Daric Loo
John Cho Steve Choe
Karin Anna Cheung Stephanie
Jerry Mathers Biology Teacher

Technical Credits
Justin Lin Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Julie Asato Producer
Donna Tina Charles Casting
Curtis X. Choy Sound/Sound Designer
Patrice Lucien Cochet Cinematographer
Josh Diamond Asst. Director
Ernesto M. Foronda Producer,Screenwriter
Yoojung Han Art Director
Steve Herr Associate Producer
Joan Huang Co-producer
Sung Kang Associate Producer
Michael Manshel Executive Producer
Fabian Marquez Screenwriter
Gustavo Spoliansky Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Cell Phone [3:27]
2. Extracurricular Activities [5:03]
3. Bench Warmer [4:13]
4. Cheat Sheet Scam [4:34]
5. Party Crashers [4:50]
6. Criminal Achievements [2:41]
7. Breaking the Cycle [7:59]
8. Ben & Stephanie [:45]
9. The Formal [6:41]
10. Las Vegas [1:46]
11. A Rich Kid's Proposition [6:44]
12. Steve's Wake-Up Call [1:44]
13. Falling Apart [3:37]
14. Questioning Tomorrow [5:23]

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