ENTRIES
Welcome to Eric Cheng's online journal! You are not logged in. [ Log in ]
«  :: index ::  »

Better Luck Tomorrow

:: Saturday, April 12th, 2003 @ 2:15:59 am

:: Tags:

I have just returned from the AMC Van Ness theaters in SF, where Wendy, Lilli, Charlotte, Chi Chi, Greg, Jeff and I saw the late show of Better Luck Tomorrow. It was a bit strange — but natural — to see a “normal” movie with Asian-American leads. It’s the first of its kind, I believe. I mean, I can’t remember ever seeing a movie with Asian-American leads in it that isn’t an “Asian” genre movie. It’s not a kung-fu/Hong Kong action movie, and it’s not a sell-out movie to show white people what it’s like to be Asian (e.g. Joy Luck Club, with fake Chinese accents and recited proverbs in broken English). The first half was very funny. :) I don’t know anything about acting, but I thought all of the actors were quite convincing in their roles. Near the end of the movie, things became violent. The violence itself didn’t bother me, but it was a bit of a non sequitur, and it didn’t seem … as natural as the first part was. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, as did the rest of the 99% AA audience, who gave a hearty round of applause at the end.

Someone from the cast was there to greet the opening night audience. We think it was Roger Fan (the guy who played Daric), but we weren’t sure. Also, John Cho (“Steve”) looks very much like Scott, my friend Tony‘s brother. My sister and I both leaned our heads together at the same time to point out the similarity. :)

Walking into the theater was a bit strange. It was JAM-PACKED with Asian-Americans! I don’t think I’ve been to a venue with so many Asian-Americans in my life (I mean the sheer number, not the percentage). Unfortunately, it felt like a meat market: a good number of the women there were hooched-out, perhaps because there is a restaurant/bar downstairs (complete with a bubble-tea stand visible in the divider window), or… perhaps it is the norm to be hooched-out for Friday movie night at this particular theater. Wendy saw Peter and Karine while I was still looking for parking. They were on their way out, so I didn’t have a chance to chat with them. [see some photos]

| | link | trackback | Apr 12, 2003 02:15:59
  • http://www.pbase.com/davepinca DaveP

    Check out the website credits: http://www.betterlucktomorrow......=crew_list My brother helped them out on the side.

  • http://eric-ng.net eric

    I tired to catch the showings last night in centry city and in hollywood and they were all sold out by 7 pm.

  • http://balanceinmotion.net/blog/ “fred”

    wound up working on CD project all Friday night. sounds like an interesting time. mmm, Hamano Sushi is yuckin’ fummy. :)

  • http://prachin.net PRACHIN

    am i the only one who doesn’t like this movie?

  • http://www.guppieluv.com/ andrey

    prachin, you’re not the only one who didn’t like the movie. a lot of people thought the movie was offensive or amoral, and have made their voices heard.

    i personally love the movie and applaud it for what it has accomplished thus far. it’s not everyday that a film directed by an asian-american director and starring an asian-american cast (most of which are not famous) can get national distribution like this. hopefully, it will help open doors for other asian-american (and other minority) stories and talents out there, thus broadening the spectrum of american cinema and hollywood.

    it’s either that, or we’ll be inundated by more movies like “malibu’s most wanted”… chill

  • shiz

    If you liked the movie, there is this asian-american comedy troupe (18 Mighty Mountain Warriors) that will be in San Jose this weekend. They were in LA this past weekend and were HIL-ARIOUS! http://www.18mmw.com

  • Pingback: Lonely Sea Light

  • http://www.beefcakegt.com/blog Steve

    Nothing new to add, but: I heartily concur with Audrey’s sentiments, and also recommend the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. =)

  • http://www.beefcakegt.com/blog Steve

    Pardon me, I meant Andrey!

  • http://www.tonylu.com Tony

    Man, that guy looks exactly like my brother… especially THIS picture:

    http://vconline.org/filmfest/images/010.jpg

ARCHIVES
Journal Home
Where is Eric? (password)
Stuff for Sale
February 2014 (2)
December 2013 (1)
October 2013 (1)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (2)
April 2013 (3)
March 2013 (1)
February 2013 (2)
January 2013 (3)
November 2012 (2)
October 2012 (3)
September 2012 (8)
August 2012 (8)
July 2012 (8)
June 2012 (8)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (8)
March 2012 (15)
February 2012 (7)
January 2012 (6)
December 2011 (8)
November 2011 (10)
October 2011 (12)
September 2011 (8)
August 2011 (14)
July 2011 (9)
June 2011 (9)
May 2011 (11)
April 2011 (11)
March 2011 (12)
February 2011 (23)
January 2011 (22)
December 2010 (16)
November 2010 (17)
October 2010 (26)
September 2010 (24)
August 2010 (24)
July 2010 (30)
June 2010 (26)
May 2010 (21)
April 2010 (26)
March 2010 (19)
February 2010 (17)
January 2010 (29)
December 2009 (21)
November 2009 (23)
October 2009 (32)
September 2009 (19)
August 2009 (34)
July 2009 (21)
June 2009 (30)
May 2009 (23)
April 2009 (18)
March 2009 (6)
February 2009 (25)
January 2009 (5)
December 2008 (6)
November 2008 (22)
October 2008 (27)
September 2008 (25)
August 2008 (34)
July 2008 (34)
June 2008 (32)
May 2008 (26)
April 2008 (15)
March 2008 (19)
February 2008 (31)
January 2008 (43)
December 2007 (33)
November 2007 (29)
October 2007 (29)
September 2007 (9)
August 2007 (19)
July 2007 (10)
June 2007 (17)
May 2007 (26)
April 2007 (38)
March 2007 (39)
February 2007 (13)
January 2007 (35)
December 2006 (35)
November 2006 (14)
October 2006 (6)
September 2006 (20)
August 2006 (24)
July 2006 (32)
June 2006 (17)
May 2006 (23)
April 2006 (16)
March 2006 (16)
February 2006 (26)
January 2006 (33)
December 2005 (17)
November 2005 (21)
October 2005 (18)
September 2005 (17)
August 2005 (5)
July 2005 (15)
June 2005 (20)
May 2005 (25)
April 2005 (7)
March 2005 (22)
February 2005 (20)
January 2005 (38)
December 2004 (6)
November 2004 (24)
October 2004 (16)
September 2004 (22)
August 2004 (12)
July 2004 (17)
June 2004 (15)
May 2004 (11)
April 2004 (35)
March 2004 (40)
February 2004 (29)
January 2004 (36)
December 2003 (20)
November 2003 (18)
October 2003 (10)
September 2003 (18)
August 2003 (10)
July 2003 (34)
June 2003 (12)
May 2003 (49)
April 2003 (42)
March 2003 (42)
February 2003 (15)
January 2003 (7)
December 2002 (17)
November 2002 (19)
October 2002 (24)
September 2002 (22)
August 2002 (20)
July 2002 (21)
June 2002 (14)
May 2002 (15)
April 2002 (11)
March 2002 (13)
February 2002 (20)
January 2002 (17)
December 2001 (16)
Even Older Journal
Travel Journals

CATEGORIES / TAGS
(25) (2) (1) (3) (1) (1) (1) (6) (2) (3) (11) (8) (3) (1) (1) (4) (2) (4) (2) (1) (6) (1) (1) (1) (6) (2) (1) (1) (1) (3) (1) (5) (1) (1) (23) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (14) (1) (10) (1) (1) (2) (1) (1) (1) (27) (6) (3) (2) (4) (4) (1) (1) (41) (11) (12) (4) (38) (1) (3) (2) (4) (1) (1) (1) (1) (2) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (10) (25) (8) (3) (2) (3) (2) (1) (5) (1) (1) (2) (1) (1) (14) (1) (5) (1) (1) (5) (43) (1) (1) (1) (3) (24) (1) (1) (1) (1) (5) (1) (4) (1) (1) (10) (1) (3) (1) (1) (1) (1) (6) (5) (1) (1) (1) (3) (1) (3) (1) (1) (1) (69) (4) (3) (7) (3) (1) (16) (6) (1) (29) (1) (7) (1) (4) (4) (4) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (10) (4) (4) (2) (1) (89) (14) (1) (2) (79) (2) (2) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (3) (2) (3) (1) (1) (24) (3) (5) (4) (1) (2) (1)
MOST POPULAR
Most Popular Posts of All Time


Eric Cheng's RSS Journal Journal RSS
Eric Cheng's RSS Journal Comments RSS

proudly powered by wordpress
script exec time: 0.49s
i hate computers.