Justin Lin

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Justin Lin (born 1971) is an Taiwanese American film director, best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious franchise and the television show, Community.

Life and career

Lin was born in Taipei and grew up in Orange County, California. He earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA Film School. His solo directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow (1997's Shopping for Fangs was co-directed by Quentin Lee) made a huge splash with critics and fans alike. However, his subsequent work, Annapolis, scored mixed reviews from critics but found an audience on DVD, selling more than 4 million copies and landing on top 10-rental lists around the country. His directorial outing, Tokyo Drift, was released in North American cinemas 16 June 2006. Universal credits the film (along with The Break-Up) for helping the studio stay in the black in 2006. It has grossed more than $158 million to date.

After Tokyo Drift, Lin went on to do an independent film Finishing the Game, which is a comedic interpretation of the events surrounding the production of Bruce Lee's final film, Game of Death. It premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also directed a short film that also premiered at the Sundance Global Short Film Project, La RevoluciĆ³n de Iguodala! (2007), about one individual's message as that...
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