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BETTER LUCK TOMORROW

The film accomplished a number of "firsts" for the Asian American cinema that included being picked up by MTV Films/Paramount Pictures for $1M, distributed to 400 theaters nationwide (a list of the theaters where "Better Luck Tomorrow" can be seen are listed at the APA Film Poll Section), etc. while receiving acclaim from many American movie critics.

In its first week, the "street promotion" achieved a "Per Screen Average" of $30,000+ which was the highest numbers for any MTV Films project. The success of Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT) will provide one barometer on the state of Asian American Cinema.

PLOT: Suburbia, USA - 16-year-old Ben Manibag (Parry Shen) is a junior determined to get into one of the nation's most prestigious universities. Civic-minded and responsible honor students by day, Ben and his best friend Virgil (Jason Tobin) have earned the complete trust of their parents with their good grades and their model behavior. But with that trust comes too much freedom.

Bored by suburban life and no longer satisfied with simply staying ahead of the grading curve, Ben and Virgil throw themselves into increasingly risky extracurricular activities, in contrast to the wholesome ones listed on their college applications. With Virgil's cousin Han (Sung Kang) and the captain of the academic decathlon team Daric (Roger Fan), a most unlikely crew is formed, and the foursome begins earning their own "financial aid," under the pretense of free enterprise.

In this tale of adolescent discontent, the fast-track to the American Dream exacts a heavy toll in a suburban landscape of moral collapse.

MTV Films presents BETTER LUCK TOMORROW directed by Justin Lin, and written by Ernesto M. Foronda, Justin Lin and Fabian Marquez. The film stars Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, and introduces Karin Anna Cheung and features a cameo appearance from Jerry Mathers.

BETTER LUCK TOMORROW is produced by Justin Lin, Ernesto M. Foronda and Julie Asato for Trailing Johnson Productions, along with executive producers Gustavo Spoliansky and Michael Manshel for Hudson River Entertainment, and co-produced by Joan Huang for Cherry Sky Films.

 

 

   

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AETNA SEEKING RACIAL DATA
Aetna has been collecting data on the racial and ethnic backgrounds of some of its 14 million health-plan members as it tries to address disparities in meeting the medical needs of minority patients.

ASIANS ARE OBESE
A wave of obesity is sweeping through Asia as its population shifts into vast new cities where the food is faster and fattier and the lifestyle more sedentary.

BARTLETT NEEDS "AMERICAN NAMES"
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) stated that people with surnames of Asian and East Indian derivation do not have "American names," adding that they do not "represent the normal American. . . . list of scholarship recipients. . included a disproportionately large number of students with "Oriental names" and Indian names.

BOLLYWOOD'S INFLUENCES
Bollywood is not just an Indian, but a global, phenomenon. "Our films have reached half the world (parts where Hollywood has yet been recognize)," declares the expat Indian director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding).

CENSUS FIGURES
Hispanics, not African-Americans, are the largest minority group in
the United States. Hispanics are growing faster as a population than are African- Americans. The two groups need to see each other as potential allies, not competitors. That perspective would also help end "lesser than" connotations associated with the term "minority."

CHINA'S NORTH KOREA SECRET
Why won't China rein in North Korea in the current nuclear crisis? The answer lies in Beijing's secret goal of getting U.S. troops off the peninsula.

COBLE FLACK
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on the leaders to repudiate the (Coble) remarks "as an inaccurate, misleading and potentially damaging view of history."

EAST WEST PLAYERS UPCOMING SHOWS
Support "Nisei Widows Club," Manzanar reading, Visionary Awards Dinner & 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors' "Psycho Karaoke."

INTERVIEW WITH BOLLYWOOD'S VIVEK
Revealing with India's hottest upcoming movie star.

JAY CHOW & STREET RACING
Asia's Taiwanese-born Mando pop superstar lended his voice to the campaign to stop street racing at a conference organized by Richmond MP.

JACKIE MEETS BOLLYWOOD
The comic action hero and Hong Kong's de facto first citizen will
spend three months in India from June shooting for his home production, a Cantonese/English film packed with fantasy sequences and special effects.

JET WANTS TO ACT
Beijing-born Li enjoys making "popcorn action films," but he'd like to add some new flavor to his steady diet of popped-kernel cinema. His new movie with Morgan Freeman (Danny the Dog), Jet is the one being "saved?!?!"

MARGARET CHO'S 2003 REVOLUTION TOUR
The 34-year-old comic has evolved into an R-rated prophet, using the pain of a past fraught with weight, race and sex discrimination, bad relationships and alcohol and drug addiction, to lead us down the happier trails of her life today in her Revolution Tour.

MIRAMAX GRABS A TIGER'S APPRENTICE
Adding another potential franchise to its bulging development slate of children's fantasy projects, Miramax has acquired film rights to prolific Chinese-American kid-lit author Laurence Yep's trilogy "The Tiger's Apprentice."

NYC HATE CRIME
A reputed organized crime associate, his wife and their daughter, who is an attorney, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment last night on charges of committing a hate crime against a Queens woman at a Bayside restaurant in January.

QUALCOMM'S JING WANG
Jing Wang has been appointed chairman of Qualcomm China and will oversee strategic initiatives and provide strategic direction for the Company's China operations.

RACIST CARTOON
". .cartoon by . . . Mizzery featured an Asian teaching assistant . . . speaking broken English. The caption read, 'Where have all the English-speaking grad students gone?"

ROLLING STONES IN CHINA
The arena concerts will take place in Shanghai on April 1st & 4th in Beijing. However, the Chinese government has ordered the group to ax "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Woman," "Beast of Burden," or "Let's Spend the Night Together," said Chen Jixin head of Beijing Time New Century Entertainment, a concert organizer behind the two China dates.

S.F.'S DEPUTY CHIEF HEATHER FONG
"The mayor (Brown) believes she is capable of stepping into this position," said spokesman Johnston as she takes the responsibilities of being San Francisco's top policeperson..

STEREOTYPES IN LITERATURE
The book "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" reduced an entire group of girls to an ugly cultural Asian stereotype, making them sound like savages just for a laugh.

WOO MOVES TO PARAMOUNT
Producer-director John Woo is moving his Lion Rock production shingle to Paramount with a two year "first-look" producingdirecting deal from MGM.

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