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