Program Detail

Bang Bang

Byron Q / USA / 2010 / 101 min / English / Color / HDCAM* / San Francisco Premiere


Written and Directed by Byron Q, Bang Bang is the story of two Asian American teenagers dealing with deteriorating family lives and escalating gang violence. Thai Ngo, best known as Portland, Oregon rap artist "Thai,” makes his acting debut as Justin, a resilient Vietnamese teenager looking for a way out of the gang life. Seeking freedom from his mother and dysfunctional household, Justin runs away from home and stays with his friend, the Taiwanese rich kid Charlie (David Huynh). Justin's character (which closely mirrors Thai's own experiences of being fatherless, surrounded by violence, and "gang banging as a kid”), is finally presented with the opportunity of an alternative, through the world of hip-hop. Meanwhile, Charlie desperately tries to prove himself to Justin and the rest of the gang as they are caught up in an escalating gang war. Ultimately, Bang Bang is a compelling coming-of-age story of two very different Asian American youths as they struggle for survival. A film that “always rings with truth” (Hypen Magazine), Bang Bang won the Best First Feature award at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

—Ben Wang

Attending guest (3/9, 3/10): Director Byron Q


  • Director: Byron Q
  • Executive Producer: Susan Lin, Ca Ren Qiao
  • Producer: Mark Battaglia, James Bak
  • Cinematographer: Jeff Siljenberg
  • Cast: David Huynh, Thai Ngo, Jessika Van, Hoang Bui
  • Sound: Greg Vossberg


March 9, 2012 8:50 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater
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March 10, 2012 6:45 pm
SF Film Society Cinema at New People
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