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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.
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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Release Date:
25 April 2003 (USA) See more »
Never underestimate an overachiever. See more »
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  (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)

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 effects editor
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
A.P. Gonzalez .... special thanks
Kayo Hatta .... special thanks
Dawn Suggs .... thanks
Billy Woodberry .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence, drug use, language and sexuality
101 min | USA:98 min (2003 version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Original prints of the film's theatrical poster misspelled Parry Shen's name as "Perry Shen".See more »
Continuity: When the picture for Virgil's candy bar drive is first shown, the words "Runners Up" do not appear. In the close-up, "Runners Up" appears.See more »
Stephanie Vandergosh:You know how you make decisions that lead to other decisions but you don't remember why you made those decisions in the first place.See more »
Movie Connections:
Snowfell SummerSee more »


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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Currently A Messy Film, 13 April 2003
Author: zibblit from Los Angeles

I'll be brief so that I don't waste my time any more than I already have when I went to see this film last night. As an Asian American male and also a film student, I was hoping for something that lived up to all the wonderful hype that surrounds it. This did not. Expect a lot of tricky camerawork that is, in the end, absolutely useless and did nothing to add to the story. A lot of obvious attempts to make the movie appear flashy because the story itself doesn't hold up. Also expect "cool music" that sounds like watered down imitations of the Fight Club soundtrack. This is not groundbreaking, insightful, or even enjoyable. I sat down at the theater already biased For the movie. Walked out with a bad taste in my mouth. Sorry!

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