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Better Luck Tomorrow -- A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Better Luck Tomorrow -- A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Better Luck Tomorrow -- A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

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Writers:
Ernesto Foronda (written by) &
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Never underestimate an overachiever. See more »
Plot:
A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Parry Shen ... Ben Manibag
Jason Tobin ... Virgil Hu
Shirley Anderson ... Hot Dog Planet Customer
Nanette Matoba ... Housewife
Kenji Matoba ... Toddler

Sung Kang ... Han
Ashley Arai ... Cheerleader
Danielle Conner ... Cheerleader
Karen DiTota ... Cheerleader
Smita Satiani ... Cheerleader
Kristen Stinson ... Cheerleader
Jeff DeJohn ... Ryan
Robert Zepeda ... Jock

Collin Kahey ... Jock
Christopher J. Francis ... Jock
Jimmy Lin ... Jock
Ryan Cadiz ... Jesus Navarro

Karin Anna Cheung ... Stephanie Vandergosh

Roger Fan ... Daric Loo

Jerry Mathers ... Biology Teacher
Jessie S. Marion ... Gina Nabham
A.J. Green ... Mr. Farmer
Jaime Serene Kelly ... Nurse (as Jaime S. Kelly)
Esther Mercado ... Hospital Patient (as Esther 'Tita' Mercado)
Octavia Osby ... Doctor
Beverly Sotelo ... Cashier
Scott McShane ... Cashier
Brandon Bain ... Basketball Player
Jesse Bustos ... Basketball Player
Troy Cartwright ... Basketball Player
Brandon Dennis ... Basketball Player
Ronald Dross ... Basketball Player
Christopher R. Edmonds ... Basketball Player
Jon Paul Lourenco ... Basketball Player
Anthony Moore ... Basketball Player
Jason Reyes ... Basketball Player
Dominique Ricks ... Basketball Player
Khalil Semaan ... Basketball Player
Jonathan Uyloan ... Basketball Player
Terry White ... Basketball Player
Chad Young ... Basketball Player
Kenwood Jung ... Basketball Coach
Jeff Russell ... Assistant Basketball Coach

John Cho ... Steve Choe

Aaron Takahashi ... Takashi

Darian Weiss ... Kenny Vandergosh

Alden Ray ... Ulden (as Alden Villaverde)
Emmie Hsu ... Miriam
Lily Hu ... Tina
Donna Tina Charles ... Waitress
Crystal Keith ... Karen
Laura Esposito ... Camille
Juliet Wong ... Mary
Justin Murphy ... Adam / New Year's Party Band

James Isaac Barry ... Porn Jock
Wayne Ford ... Student Buying Cheat Stamp
Kevin Alfoldy ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member
Daniel R. Bonneau ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member
Lisa Grant ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member
David Laurence ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member

Nate Petre ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member
Ramona T. Ramirez ... Steve's Decathlon Team Member

Stephanie Little ... Steve's Barbie (as Stephanie Noel Little)
Tom Chalmers ... Liquor Store Clerk
Bryan Baluyot ... Gangster
Mark Baluyot ... Gangster
Joseph Jaldon ... Gangster
Marc Montecillo ... Gangster

Joe Hernandez-Kolski ... Scared Student
Jay Green ... Assistant Vice Principal
Denise Barnard ... Assistant Vice Principal

Bruno Oliver ... History Teacher
Fabian Marquez ... Security Guard
Walter Butler ... Peter
Christopher Monjoy ... Student Buying Drugs
Ina Burke ... Tracy
Jennifer Wu ... Ben's Admirer (as Jennifer Avelyn Wu)
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama ... Party Girl

Lela Lee ... Slapper
Evan Leong ... Slapper's Boyfriend

Suzanne Keilly ... Salesgirl
Shane Kualapai ... Casino Security Guard

Ariadne Shaffer ... Rachel
Sean Alexander ... New Year's Party Band
Joey Barro ... New Year's Party Band
Ben Donaldson ... New Year's Party Band
Walker Edmondson ... New Year's Party Band
Chris Good ... New Year's Party Band
Diana Bonilla ... New Year's Party Flirt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Patrick Chavis ... Student (uncredited)
Rick Cortes ... Extra (uncredited)
Louie Giangrande ... Photographed Student (uncredited)

Justin Lin ... Jock (uncredited)
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Directed by
Justin Lin 
 
Writing credits
Ernesto Foronda (written by) &
Justin Lin (written by) &
Fabian Marquez (written by)

Produced by
Julie Asato .... producer
Michael Cole .... executive producer
Troy Craig Poon .... executive producer
Ernesto Foronda .... producer
Steve Herr .... associate producer
Joan Huang .... co-producer
Sung Kang .... associate producer
Justin Lin .... producer
Michael Manshel .... executive producer
Gustavo Spoliansky .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Gonzales 
Tobin Mori 
 
Cinematography by
Patrice Lucien Cochet 
 
Film Editing by
Justin Lin 
 
Casting by
Donna Tina Charles 
 
Production Design by
Yoo Jung Han 
 
Art Direction by
Yoo Jung Han 
 
Costume Design by
Sandi Lieu 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Felix .... hair stylist: Ms. Cheung
Jaime Serene Kelly .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Josh Diamond .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Fedo .... lead man
Lorri Jakubuv .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Tim Bindel .... adr supervisor
Tim Bindel .... sound supervisor
Curtis Choy .... sound
Paul Davidson .... foley artist
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... dialog editor
James P. Lay .... sound re-recording mixer
James P. Lay .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael McDonald)
John Sanacore .... sound foley adr mixer
Scott M. Silvey .... sound
William Tabanou .... sound effects editor
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrice Lucien Cochet .... camera operator
Bryan Hayes .... electrician
Bryan Hayes .... grip
Guy Livneh .... chief lighting technician
Paul Maletich .... first assistant camera: second camera
BJ McDonnell .... dolly grip
BJ McDonnell .... key grip
Bill Otto .... second assistant camera
Michael Tiratira .... best boy grip
Remi Tournois .... first assistant camera
Bryan Hayes .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joel Juarez .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Ben Boodman .... assistant editor
Greg Le Duc .... avid post-production system supervisor
Mato .... color timer
Fred Raskin .... additional editor
Steve Barnett .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sheri Ozeki .... composer: additional music
Tamala Poljak .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Keith E. Cooper .... legal services
Winston Emano .... publicist
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
David Magdael .... publicist
Annalee Paulo .... publicist
Damon Isiah Turner .... assistant: Mr. Poon
 
Thanks
Kayo Hatta .... special thanks
Dawn Suggs .... thanks
Billy Woodberry .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for violence, drug use, language and sexuality
Runtime:
101 min | USA:98 min (2003 version)
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Trivia:
According to an April 2003 NPR radio interview with Elvis Mitchell, Justin Lin's production company was on the verge of folding unless he could secure a certain amount of funding. Lin had essentially resigned himself to failure; but on a whim called a celebrity he had met once in Las Vegas. Lin got a call the day before the deadline from the celeb saying that he had read the script and wanted to provide some backing. Two hours later, the new investor had wired Lin the money and saved the production. The celebrity: MC Hammer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Right after Daric pistol whips the jock at the party, he raises his right arm and points the gun at the others. When the camera cuts to Virgil kicking the jock on the floor, you see Daric point the gun again; this time with his left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Manibag:Virgil called Han over to watch some new porn, I guess Virgil just didn't have the balls to do it all alone.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Asian film graduate that liked film, 14 January 2004
Author: madplo50

Being Asian and a film study graduate doesn't validate what I"m gonna say, but I thought it would get somebody's attention.

What I did like about this film is that it reminded me a lot of what I did in Highschool, minus killing people and playing with guns. I got really good grades in school, and after a while me and my friends would goof around and cause a lot of trouble. Add in all the alcohol, parties, and drugs, you have an interesting side story for bored students. Most people wouldn't agree with what I said, but hey its my review.

Two, being Asian American and growing up in a middle class-uppermiddle class area, it was strange being one of the few asian americans around. people might look down on this film as "gimicky" because it gained attention because it was an all asian american cast. well here's something peole who are not asian american maybe should consider: when you're asian american, and you live in an area heavily populated by caucasions and feel like an obvious minority, you'll naturally start a clique of your own, that, low and behold, has other asian americans primarily in it. the group of friends in this film are asian american not just to start some gimmicky marketing scheme. this is what often happens in real life. certain subtleties like this can't be overtly explained, but will be appreciated by its asian american audience because it hits pretty solid. this is very much an asian american film, even though people don't like all the violence and blah blah blah.

now from a film perspective, i like the stylistic techniques lin used. he changes film speed a lot, which is a lost art in film. this film reminded me alot of Scorsese's "Mean Streets," plus with the obvious "Good Fellas" homage in the film w/ the continuous shot where the group walks into the party where the fight breaks out. i like how this film worked hard to challenge general film conventions. this film breaks down into five acts (not the standard hollywood three), has asian americans playing roles that are reserved not for them, and has a post modern ending. american audiences are used to having everything resolved at the end, with clearly defined moral positioning. i don't think people knew how to respond to the ending, and felt kind of empty. well guess what, osama bin laden was never caught, and some 30% of murders are never solved or have their killers brought to justice. i felt that the ending was appropriate

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