In Finishing the Game, director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) went back -- both in time and to his indie roots. Shot in 19 days with begged and borrowed equipment and props, Finishing the Game is a mock-documentary set in a never-was 1973 where, after the tragic early death of Bruce Lee, the producers behind Game of Death go on the hunt for a suitable replacement so they can wrap the film and make a few dollars. Finishing the Game doesn't just look at the representation of Asian Americans in film; it's also a sharp satire of the delusions and denials that come from both sides of the camera in movie making. Lin's no stranger to big-money Hollywood -- he recently signed on to direct a reunited Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the fourth Fast and the Furious film -- but Finishing the Game is clearly a low-budget labor of love. Lin spoke with Cinematical in San Francisco about bad '70s kung-fu cinema, Vin Diesel's D&D game, how he said 'no' to big-studio backers to keep his vision for Finishing the Game, the pros and cons of studio movie making, why he's looking forward to the fourth Fast and the Furious and Asian representation in mass media from Bruce Lee to the here-and-now. You can download the entire interview right here.
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