Justin Lin (traditional Chinese: 林詣彬; simplified Chinese: 林诣彬; pinyin: Lín Yìbīn) is a Taiwanese-born American film director whose films have grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious franchise and the television show Community.
Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Orange County, California. He attended University of California, San Diego for two years before transferring to UCLA, where he earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA Film School.
Shopping for Fangs was Justin Lin’s first feature film, which he co-directed with fellow UCLA Film School alumnus, Quentin Lee when they were still at UCLA. The film stars John Cho and is considered to be a “cult classic” amongst independent Asian American films.
Lin’s solo directorial debut was Better Luck Tomorrow. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002… read more