Justin Lin (traditional Chinese: 林詣彬; simplified Chinese: 林诣彬; pinyin: Lín Yìbīn; born 1973) is a Taiwanese American film director. He earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA Film School.
Lin was born in Taipei and grew up in Orange County, California. His solo directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow (1997's Shopping for Fangs was co-directed by Quentin Lee) made a huge splash with critics and fans alike. However, his subsequent work Annapolis scored mixed reviews from critics but found an audience on DVD selling over 4 million copies and staying on top 10 rental lists around the country. His directorial outing The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released in North American cinemas 16 June 2006. Universal credits the film (along with The Break-Up) for helping the studio stay in the black in 2006. It has grossed over 158 million dollars to date.
After Tokyo Drift, Justin went on to do an independent film Finishing the Game, which is a comedic interpretation of the events surrounding the production of Bruce Lee's final film, Game of Death. It premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also directed a short film that also premiered at the Sundance Global Short Film