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.
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