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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

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

Director:

Justin Lin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parry Shen ... Ben Manibag
Jason Tobin ... Virgil Hu
Shirley Anderson Shirley Anderson ... Hot Dog Planet Customer
Nanette Matoba Nanette Matoba ... Housewife
Kenji Matoba Kenji Matoba ... Toddler
Sung Kang ... Han
Ashley Arai Ashley Arai ... Cheerleader
Danielle Conner Danielle Conner ... Cheerleader
Karen DiTota Karen DiTota ... Cheerleader
Smita Satiani Smita Satiani ... Cheerleader
Kristen Stinson Kristen Stinson ... Cheerleader
Jeff DeJohn Jeff DeJohn ... Ryan
Robert Zepeda Robert Zepeda ... Jock
Collin Kahey ... Jock
Christopher J. Francis Christopher J. Francis ... Jock
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Storyline

Ben is a perfectionist and overachiever whose tunnel vision leads to nothing less than graduating at the top of his class. As he struggles to achieve social success, he discovers his darker side. He and his friends: Virgil, Daric and Han lead a double life of mischief and petty crimes to alleviate the pressures of perfection. As their adopted identity grows, the gang tumbles into a downward spiral of excitement, excess and fun. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Never underestimate an overachiever. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Завтра повезет больше See more »

Filming Locations:

Alhambra, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$360,772, 13 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,802,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,809,226
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2003)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a February 2016 interview with the New York Times, Justin Lin recalled than when he was struggling to arrange financing for Better Luck Tomorrow, he had one potential investor who offered Lin $1 million, but only on the condition that the movie had to have Macaulay Culkin in the lead. Lin said, "If I would have said yes, I would have gotten $1 million and I would have gotten to make the movie with a white cast, but it didn't interest me." See more »

Goofs

Ben says "between the five of us". The correct word is "among" as "between" is specifically for two, be it two individual people, two sides in a war or two slices of bread. A student as accomplished and educated as Ben would know to say "among". See more »

Quotes

Ben Manibag: Do you ever wonder about your real parents?
Stephanie Vandergosh: The parents I have now are my real parents.
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Alternate Versions

In the version shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Ben Manibag, played by Parry Shen, has taken part in the killing of a romantic rival, and towards the end he is heard saying, in effect, "Well, what I did wasn't right ...but I've got college to think about, and I've got a good life to look forward to, and I'm gonna move on." See more »

Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bouncing Baby Buddah
Written and Performed by IQU
Published by Tama Psychosis Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of the Artist
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Anyone trying to understand today's affluent youth culture would do well to start here
21 September 2003 | by citrus538See all my reviews

First of all, this is a film about wealthy middle-class Asian teens. Too much smoking? Too much profanity? It seems a lot of IMDB users are out of touch with suburban teen culture.

One user even complained about the "the ubiquitous melancholy feeling you'll have throughout watching the movie (which) will stick with you hours after thanks to the resolutionless ending." That's like complaining about Nietzche because he's depressing.

That said, this is an EXTREMELY good movie. Anyone trying to understand today's affluent youth culture would do well to start here. It is true that the leads in this movie did not have to be Asians, but anyone who thinks this is a valid complaint should go visit a SoCal high school and check out the student population. Guess what you'll find? And while you're at it, could you please name a drama starring Asian people? Joy Luck Club? Okay, what else? Exactly.

I think it's also important to point out that MTV had no part in the creation of this movie. All they did was see the movie AFTER it had been made and agree to distribute it. Makes you wonder how valid most of these comments are when the writers don't even bother to read about the movie to understand it better.


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