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Meet Justin Lin, the Most Important Blockbuster Director You’ve Never Heard Of

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The sci-fi blockbuster would have to get from script to special effects at warp speed.

When he was 8, the Lins invested their life savings in a fish-and-chips shop in Anaheim, California, and moved to nearby Buena Park, where they worked nonstop, overstayed their visas, and lived in fear of deportation until President Reagan s Immigration Reform and Control Act granted them amnesty in 1987.

Unable to speak English, Lin was sent to the Boys Club of Buena Park, where Coach Bob tapped him and his younger brother, John—the only Asian kids—for the basketball team.

He envied his neighbors, the Klug brothers, who had a trampoline and all the Hot Wheels cars I couldn t afford.

Last year, Lin coproduced Hollywood Adventures, an American action comedy about Chinese tourists in LA, created for a Chinese audience.

Now the team has set up a comedy with Jeremy Renner at HBO and a Bruce Lee-themed series at Cinemax, and they re developing the classic samurai graphic novel Lone Wolf and Cub, among many other projects.

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