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LANA LUI/BECOMING LANA LIU

LOG LINE: A young girl begins her life as an Asian martial arts Mensa chick in search of the American Dream. SYNOPSIS: Lana Liu, disguised as a boy, enters a Chinese martial arts academy, only to be discovered. She fights to support her grandmother, and begin her journey to the home of her father, the USA. Winner of 6 'Best Screenplay' awards.

A 15 year old girl, disguised as a male student at a Kung Fu school, navigates the raucous and dangerous activity of a Hong Kong alleyway with effortless grace and effortless supernatural peripheral awareness. Entering the studio and beginning her humble cleaning work as a novice, she is soon recognized by the Shi Fu as having a sharp mind because she is the only student who can complete a Confucian analect. He tests her fighting skills, and she goes on to defeat the entire student body in a battle that is both remarkable and humorous. She also buries her fist in the Shi Fu’s chest and has to extricate it. Though she is discovered to be a girl, the Shi Fu asks her to be his main disciple, but she reveals that she has gotten a perfect SAT score and is on her way to an American University on a full ride scholarship, where she hopes to find her father and learn more about her long vanished mother? Amidst alleyway chaos, she strolls blithely back home, again listening to Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

In the longer arc of the story, we learn that Lana was born under strange, almost mythical circumstances in a Northern Chinese countryside hovel; that her mother has disappeared, and that she possesses extraordinary powers of suggestion, mind reading, and physical invulnerability. Later in America, while schooling arrogant MIT students and professors with her computer science and martial arts abilities, Lana will discover that her mother has been trafficked to America and will go on a quest to save her and other victims. She will also discover the strange and menacing truth of her parentage.

STARZ Denver Film Festival: "We love the collision of the East and West, traditional and popular culture. This script is economical and disciplined with wonderful snapshots and imagery. The title character is precisely articulated in an unpredictable way. The jury gives the inaugural Shorts Screenplay Award to Becoming Lana Liu.

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Sincerely, David J Schroeder, award winning Producer/Screenwriter/Quadriplegic

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Format:
Short Screenplay
Posted:
01/27/2012
Updated:
10/17/2021
Author Bio:
STARZ Denver Film Festival: "We love the collision of the East and West, traditional and popular culture. This script is economical and disciplined with wonderful snapshots and imagery. The title character is precisely articulated in an unpredictable way. The jury gives the inaugural Shorts Screenplay Award to Becoming Lana Liu."

Contest Results:
SENE Film Festival (Third Place) [2021]
Filmmatic Comedy (Finalist, Filmmatic Short) [2019]
Script Showcase (Finalist) [2020]
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