Byron Q / USA / 2011 / 99 min / English, Vietnamese with English subtitles / color / digitalTweet
Best First Film, 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Contains strong language and violence
Justin (Thai Ngo) is a troubled teenage gang member who runs away from home after a fight with his mother. Despite a real desire to pursue a career in music, gang life has trapped Justin in a world he cannot escape. Conversely, his best friend Charlie (David Huynh), despite his wealthy upbringing, has become completely infatuated with the gangster lifestyle and seeks a way in. When the murder of a fellow gang member ignites a violent street war, both Justin and Charlie become embroiled in a conflict that will change both of their lives forever.
In this astonishing feature film debut, director Byron Q has crafted a tale that deftly balances gritty realism with stylized visuals in a manner that transcends the “gangsta movie” genre . Shot locally in San Diego, the film also features outstanding performances from hip hop artist Thai Ngo in the lead role, David Huynh (Baby, SDAFF ’08) and Jessika Van as Justin’s love interest. Not just authentic in its depiction of life on the streets, the film brings hard-hitting authenticity to its characterizations and situations in a way that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. – Gene Huh
Director Byron Q and the cast are scheduled to attend.
Co-presented by: MYX TV, UCSD Alumni San Diego Club, Vietnamese American Youth Association (VAYA), UCSD Vietnamese Student Association, UCSD Vietnamese American Youth Association, SDSU Alpha Psi Rho Fraternity
- Director: Byron Q
- Executive Producer: Caren Qiao, Susan Lin
- Producer: Mark Battaglia
- Cinematographer: Jeff Siljenberg
- Writer: Byron Q
- Cast: David Huynh, Yen Ly, Thai Ngo, Jessika Van