Randall Park’s Shortcomings movie debuts this weekend at Sundance


Cartoonist Adrian Tomine isn’t simply an award-winning, a lot admired cartoonist; he’s a daily IP manufacturing unit. In 2021 the French Movie Les Olympiades debuted. And this weekend, Shortcomings, an indie movie primarily based on the guide of the identical identify and directed by actor Randall Park, debuts on the Sundance Movie Competition – with a screenplay by Tomine. 

So many comics are optioned for movies – when this was introduced again in 2021, I hoped it wasn’t simply one other merchandise within the trades. However all reward to Park (Agent Jimmy Woo within the MCU) who’s making his directorial debut with the movie – and telling tales that American movies have simply began to permit filmmakers to inform. 

A nonetheless from Shortcomings by Randall Park, an official collection of the U.S. Dramatic Competitors on the 2023 Sundance Movie Competition. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

In a profile at Vanity Fair, Park talks about seeing the guide for the primary time at LA’s Large Robotic store, and feeling his connection to the story:

“I believe what drew me to it was that it simply felt so actual to me,” Park tells Self-importance Truthful now. “It felt so reflective of my life at the moment, and my mates and the conversations we’d have and the locations we’d hang around. It simply felt very actual and genuine, and in ways in which I hadn’t seen mirrored anyplace else.”

On the time, Park dreamed of taking part in the lead character, Ben Tanaka, an Asian American man residing in California’s Bay Space who works on the native arthouse theater however aspires to be a filmmaker. Ben is a moody however charming character who is usually irritated together with his girlfriend Miko’s newfound ardour for supporting the Asian American neighborhood. When Miko strikes to New York for an internship, Ben is left to determine what he actually needs from life and love.

As a substitute, Park obtained behind the digicam for a movie starring Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, and Ally Maki.  And within the wake of Loopy Wealthy Asians (and now Every part, In all places All At As soon as) tales about Asian-Individuals are lastly being informed on the display as they’re on the web page, Park continues:

What excites you most about this story lastly being tailored? 

It’s the identical factor that excited me once I first opened that graphic novel, which was that it felt like an genuine story. However it additionally felt like a narrative that appeared unattainable to make, as a film. And right here we’re 15 years later and it really obtained made, and I really obtained to direct it. It nonetheless feels totally different. Regardless of all the nice advances that we’ve obtained to have a good time these days when it comes to illustration and tales from our neighborhood, it nonetheless feels particular and totally different from what we’ve seen.

For his half, Tomine has been Instagramming a bit concerning the movie and might be showing on a panel on the Competition. 


As beforehand talked about, Tomine is already a movie pageant veteran – Les Olympiades (English title: Paris, thirteenth District) debuted from director Jacques Audiard on the Cannes Movie Competition. It was loosely primarily based on Tomine’s brief tales “Amber Candy”, and “Killing and Dying” from the Killing and Dying assortment, and “Hawaiian Getaway” from Summer time Blonde. Critiques had been combined, nevertheless it made a splash. 

Shortcomings, the movie (and the comedian), appears much more linked to the most important themes in Tomine’s work. Fairly truthfully The Beat is tremendous excited for him and Park (and our Leisure Editor Therese Lacson who’s on the pageant and can hopefully get to see the film.)

When you occur to be at Sundance (in individual or nearly), D&Q has the line-up, and right here’s the complete screening schedule. 

The movie, written by Tomine and directed by Randall Park, might be screening on January twenty second 2023 at 5:30 pm EST, in Eccles Theatre, Utah. Details about consecutive screenings is offered on the Sundance web site.

Eccles Theatre is positioned at 1750 Kearns Blvd, Park Metropolis, UT 84060.

A digital screening might be accessible on Tuesday, January twenty fourth from 10am Jap by means of to the tip of the day.

You can too catch Adrian Tomine talking on the Sundance Past Movie panel, “Going Nowhere? On Burnout and Consideration Disaster” on Saturday January, twenty first at 2pm.

And you should purchase the guide that began all of it right here at Bookshop.org or your native comics store.