Justin Lin Biography

Star Trek Beyond 3D

Star Trek Beyond 3D

Score: 7 / 10
Released: July 22, 2016
Director: Justin Lin
Producer: Bryan Burk, J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
Genre: Action/Adventure
Length: 120 minutes
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Justin Lin Biography


Date of Birth: 1973

Birth name: Yipin Lin

Born in Taipei, Justin Lin moved with his family to Orange County, California when he was nine. He earned a BA and MFA in film direction at UCLA's School of Film and Television. While in the graduate program, he met fellow student Quentin Lee, and the two first worked together on Quentin's film Flow (1996), with Lee directing and writing, and Lin working as the cinematographer. They subsequently wrote the screenplay for their next film, Shopping for Fangs (1997), sharing directorial duties. The film screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Lin went on to write and direct his own screenplay, Better Luck Tomorrow(2003), about a group of Asian-American high school students who, despite excellent grades and wealthy backgrounds, turn to crime for entertainment. Lin financed the movie using his life savings, 10 credit cards, help from family and friends and M.C. Hammer. He met the rapper at a Las Vegas convention while he was trying to raise funds to make the film, and Hammer asked Lin to send a script. After reading it over, Hammer decided to contribute to the film's funding. Lin received a 2002 Visonary Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival for his work.

Since then, he has helmed major motion pictures such as Annapolis (2006), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), and Fast & Furious 6 (2013).

More recently, Lin directed a couple episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective. He has also taken the reins from J.J. Abrams to direct the next installment of the Star Trek series with Star Trek Beyond (2016).

He then returned to the Fast & Furious series with Fast & Furious 9 (2020) starring Vin Diesel, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Michelle Rodriguez.


Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Fast Five (2011)
Fast & Furious (2009)
Oldboy (2007)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Annapolis (2006)
Spotlighting (2005)
Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)
Shopping for Fangs (1997)


Director F9 (2020)
Producer F9 (2020)
Director Star Trek Beyond 3D (2016)
Director Star Trek Marathon (2016)
Director Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Director Fast Five (2011)
Director Annapolis (2006)
Director Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)
Producer Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)