Directed by: Nadine Truong 2017 | 110 min.

Section: American Indies

Premiere: Special Presentation

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Coming of Age, Drama, Family Friendly


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Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair user and fellow patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces to him her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life. Ben ultimately learns how to face his inner demons.

I CAN I WILL I DID is not your typical “Karate Kid” film. Instead, writer-director Nadine Truong weaves a story with authenticity about an at-risk youth who must persevere against all odds and overcome obstacles that many victims of bullying face on a regular basis. Truong is also able to coax great performances from Mike Faist who plays Ben, and especially from real life Taekwondo practitioner Master Kang.

I CAN I WILL I DID goes beyond the “Afterschool Special” trappings of this kind of genre and becomes something more — an important film that many at-risk youth should see and become inspired by. It is a story that is both empathetic and inspirational.


Synopsis written by: Anderson Le


Saturday, November 04 12:45 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Saturday, November 18 3:30 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Sunday, November 19 2:45 PM Waimea Theater Kauai Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Nadine Truong
Screenwriter Nadine Truong
Producer Brian Yang
Cast Soraya Butler, Jack DiFalco, Mike Faist, Ik Jo Kang, Ellie Lee
Cinematographer Eugene Koh

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