Film / Better Luck Tomorrow

Better Luck Tomorrow is a 2002 crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin. The movie is about Asian American overachievers who become bored with their lives and enter a world of petty crime and material excess. Better Luck Tomorrow introduced Karin Anna Cheung to film audiences and features a cast including Parry Shen, Sung Kang, Jason Tobin, Roger Fan, and John Cho.

The film was based loosely on the murder of Stuart Tay, a teenager from Tustin, California, by four Sunny Hills High School honor students on December 31, 1992, in nearby Fullerton.

Contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: We don't see any of the protagonists parents.{who are completely oblivious to what there sons are actually doing.}
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ben and his friends look like the image of the perfect student, but in there spare time they do petty crime.
  • Character Overlap: The character of Han (played by Sung Kang) is the same Han who appears in The Fast and the Furious films, asconfirmed in online interviews by both Justin Linand Sung Kang.

  • Cool Car: Han drives a red 1965 Ford Mustang coupe, Steve is seen driving a 4-door BMW in a few scenes and Stephanie by the very end of the movie is scene driving an Audi TT Roadster
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Ben and his friends are this at first so they can go into an ivy league school, but they soon discover that they can use that as an alibi to be able to be out late to do mischief.
  • Four-Man Band: Only Sane Man: Ben/Han, The Smart Guy: Deric, The Pervert: Virgil and The Butt-Monkey: Virgil
  • Deconstruction: Of quite a few stereotypes about Asian-Americans.
  • Harem
  • How We Got Here: The movie starts with Ben and Virgil relaxing at a backyard when they here a buried cellphone ringing. when they dig a hole to find it they find a corpse. The movie then cuts back 5 months earlier.
  • Love Hurts: Or rather love kills.
  • New Year Has Come
  • No Antagonist: All of the conflict in the movie is caused by the protagonist's actions.