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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
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Who do you want to be? 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

The Beaver, Jerry Mathers makes an appearance as the biology teacher. See more »

Goofs

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

[At a party]
Steve Choe: So this is where the Asians hang out?
Daric Loo: Yeah, the library's closed.
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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 »

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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

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Mr. Moneybags
Written and Performed by Emily's Sassy Lime
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Garbage and unrealistic
8 August 2004 | by kenny12305See all my reviews

This movie absolutely stunk. I do not see where all this praise comes from and neither will you when and if you dare to watch this crapfest. It was complete garbage! The characters were all one-dimensional stereotypes of the "bad teen asian" that smokes and drinks. The director/writer of the film had no real direction. Any moron can regurgitate his lame dark style of camera work (i.e. spinning matrix motion and freeze frame different angle motions to capture the characters expression/emotions/feelings/etc. at that time and moment). For any one that is asian and hoping to see a movie where we (myself being one, duh) are portrayed in a accurate manner, we'll have more success when watching any jackie chan movie because this was pure unadulterated crap. The director tries(?) to show that we're all not dorks who succeed in school but rather small time criminal masterminds..... Well neither is true because like any group of people, we have our smart and our dumb, our good looking and our ooglies, our good and bad. Director Justin Lin shows and proves us nothing with this movie. Another one of those Hollywood types that tries to throw some artsy and fartsy piece of ! at you and makes you think. Don't worry, there won't be much thought after this one because none was put in to it. Why the long review then? ITS A WARNING! DON'T WATCH IT! IT IS CRAP! Try Rush Hour 2, now that was good.


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