Better Luck Tomorrow

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]