Better Luck Tomorrow

Better Luck Tomorrow

Justin Lin (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
High-school clichés are explored and often exploded in this slick, well-performed first solo feature from Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. A low-budget, coming-of-age drama, it follows overachieving yet disillusioned Asian-American teens (particularly Parry Shen's Ben), as they start committing scams and minor crimes for kicks, shielded by their perfect grades. Heavily stylised and hyper-kinetic visuals mirror the group's inevitable downward-spiralling experiences, which grow more erratic in line with their increasing loss of moral and physical control. But while these invigorating aesthetics demonstrate Lin's ability to work serious magic with limited funds, they also expose the episodic film's lack of narrative and emotional substance. Ultimately, the darkly comic early scenes that establish the boys' cool credentials are the most appealing, before the progressively souring atmosphere leads the far-fetched events to their excessively subdued and disappointingly open-ended conclusion.


A model Asian-American high-school student expecting a prestigious job on graduation rethinks his options when a fellow pupil approaches him with a proposal to sell cheat sheets to classmates, making him realise he has the brains to start making money straight away. Before long they join up with a team of petty criminals, but as they grow more corrupt they begin to wonder whether they will ever escape the underworld they have come to inhabit. Crime drama, with Parry Shen, Jason Tobin and Roger Fan.

Cast & Crew

Ben Manibag Parry Shen
Virgil Hu Jason J Tobin
Han Sung Kang
Daric Loo Roger Fan
Steve Choe John Cho
Stephanie Vandergosh Karin Anna Chueung
Director Justin Lin
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