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Biography #2 (for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)

Justin Lin's solo directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Better Luck Tomorrow, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, garnering a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. At the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, Better Luck Tomorrow-which he co-wrote, co-produced and edited-was honored with a John Cassavetes Award nomination.

The film went on to make box-office history as the highest grossing per-screen average opening weekend film for Paramount Classics/MTV Films when it was released in April 2003. Renowned film critics, including Ebert and Roeper, listed Better Luck Tomorrow as one of the top five films of the year.

Justin Lin's second solo feature, Touchstone's Annapolis, starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster was released in January 2006. He is also attached to direct Strangers-which Vertigo Entertainment is producing for Focus Features-as well as the Vertigo Entertainment and Universal Pictures' film Old Boy, a remake of a Korean-language action thriller. In addition, he is independently developing Crickets,a bittersweet drama, as his next feature film.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Southern California, Lin was recently named one of Variety's Top-10 Filmmakers to Watch. In July 2003, Lin was named the It Auteur on Entertainment Weekly's annual It List, citing the 100 most creative people in the entertainment industry.

He holds a BA and MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, where he began writing, directing and producing numerous award-winning short films.

Early in his career, Lin served as the production coordinator of the Media Arts Center for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. During his tenure there, he created several educational television pilots and documentaries such as Passing Through, which was featured on PBS. His multi-media projects at the Japanese American National Museum include J-Town Rhapsody, an eight-screen video installation, which received several awards including the Crystal Communicator Award of Excellence.

More recently, Justin Lin established Trailing Johnson, his own production company, which has already completed Spotlighting, a documentary about a long-running Las Vegas lounge act, soon to be broadcast on national television. Trailing Johnson Productions is presently in the midst of developing several new film and television projects including Finishing the Game, a satirical feature set in the recent past.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (10-Jul-2006)

Biography #3 (for Better Luck Tomorrow)

Justin Lin holds a BA and MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He has produced and directed numerous award winning short films, documentaries and digital movies. Aside from directing, he has been the director of photography on several short films and a recent low-budget feature. With director Quentin Lee (Flow), Lin co-wrote, directed and edited the critically-acclaimed feature film Shopping for Fangs, which screened internationally in numerous festivals including the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Shopping for Fangs was released theatrically by Margin Films.

As the Production Coordinator of the Media Arts Center for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Lin oversaw all media post-production for the museum. He has produced, directed and edited several multi-media projects on behalf of the museum as well as educational television pilots. J-Town Rhapsody an eight-screen video installation, garnered several awards including the Crystal Communicator Award of Excellence. Recently, Lin edited Passing Through, a 30-minute documentary aired on PBS.

for "Better Luck Tomorrow" updated 30-Mar-2003