Someone I Used to Know
Directed by Nadine Truong
Three former high-school friends reunite for a long Los Angeles night in Nadine Truong’s bittersweet drama, a new-millennium remix of such classic eighties’ ensemble dramas as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. Fresh from losing his girlfriend, his job and almost his life, the suicidal thirty-something Charlie (West Liang) heads to L.A. to reconnect with his best friends from high school, Luke (Brian Yang, Hawaii 5-0), who’s now a successful actor, and Danny (Eddie Mui), who’s always been a rich boy. Their faltering nightclub reunion is quickly derailed, however, by two young women (Emily Chang, Kara Crane), one of whom will seemingly do anything to be with Luke, the other barely legal, yet wiser than her years. Later joined by the girls’ best friend (the fabulous Rex Lee, a.k.a. Lloyd from Entourage), the group winds up at Luke’s palatial hillside home, where a “few more drinks” soon becomes an all-nighter filled with revelations, recriminations and, well, a few more drinks.
The success of any ensemble drama, of course, rests on its actors, and Someone I Used to Know boasts some of the sincerest performances of the year. Nuanced and incisive, the film embraces what it means to grow older—but not necessarily wiser—while coming to terms with the person you’ve become.
Co-presented by: Asian American Theater Company
Executive Producer: Roger Kang, Steve Yang , Andrew Yang
Producer: Kevin Leung, West Liang, Eddie Mui, Brian Yang
Writer: West Liang