Jason Tobin

Jason Tobin, credited in Chinese as To Jun Wai (杜俊緯), is a British Chinese film and television actor.[1]

Jason Tobin
Born
Other namesTo Jun Wai (杜俊緯)
OccupationActor
Known forBetter Luck Tomorrow, Warrior
Home townHong Kong
TelevisionWarrior
MovementAsian American Film
Spouse(s)Michelle Tobin
Children3

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Hong Kong where he attended the King George V School in Kowloon, Hong Kong; he is of mixed parentage, being half English and half Chinese. Shyness kept him out of school drama productions and it wasn't until the age of 18 while living in Asia, and ready to return to the UK to study law at university, that he realised his dream to become an actor.[2]

CareerEdit

Tobin has appeared in over twenty films and television productions. His breakout film was Better Luck Tomorrow by Justin Lin, starring alongside Parry Shen, Sung Kang, Roger Fan and John Cho, which debuted at Sundance Festival. In New York Magazine, critic Bilge Ebiri described enjoying "...one crackerjack performance, in Jason Tobin’s unbridled portrayal of a hyper, horny, and confused brat." Featuring the adventures of four overachievers, the film is widely praised for breaking the model minority stereotype of Asian Americans on screen.[3][4][5][6] 17 years later, LA Times named it the best Asian American film of all time, as judged by 20 Asian American critics and curators.[7]

He stars as the main character Eddy Tsai in the Asian American "serial killer" film, Chink directed by Stanley Yung, written by Koji Steven Sakai and produced by Quentin Lee. The film also stars Eugenia Yuan and Tzi Ma. For his performance in Chink (re-titled as #1 Serial Killer), Tobin won a "Best Actor" or "Breakout Performance for an Actor" award at the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[8][9] Tobin also received a "Best Actor - Dramatic" award at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in the film Jasmine (2015).

In 2018 he reunited with Better Luck Tomorrow director Justin Lin to star in the Cinemax series Warrior, a martial arts drama based off an original idea by the late Bruce Lee and produced by his daughter Shannon Lee.[10] Dan Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter wrote “Tobin, whose Young Jun grew on me with each episode as a source of both unpredictable line-readings and humor”.[11] Mike Hale from The New York Times noted “...one thing “Warrior” has no lack of is charismatic Asian actors: Jason Tobin of Lin's “Better Luck Tomorrow” as a tong heir...” [12] The series' critical success has ensured a continuation into its second season.[13]

FilmographyEdit

Partial filmographyEdit

His film appearances include:

Television and commercial workEdit

Tobin's television work includes appearances in episodes of the television series Nash Bridges and The King of Queens.

He has also appeared in television commercials.

In 2017, it was announced he would join the main cast of Warrior for Cinemax.[10] as Young Jun.

AwardsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Tobin lives in Hong Kong and in London. He says he is a big fan of Bruce Lee "because he's the ultimate badass and he inspired me as a kid." [15] He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Equity.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Award Winning Hollywood Actor & Director Jason Tobin takes the CMHK Stage". Savvy Creative. 2016.
  2. ^ Background - Jason Tobin”.
  3. ^ "Death of the 'model minority'". Los Angeles Times. 2003-04-11. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (2003-04-11). "FILM REVIEW; Teenagers Determined to Damage Their Résumés". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  5. ^ Kim, Jane Yong (2018-08-21). "The Film to Watch Alongside 'Crazy Rich Asians'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  6. ^ "How Dare You Represent Your People That Way: The Oral History of 'Better Luck Tomorrow'". GQ. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  7. ^ "The 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years". Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-04. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  8. ^ Visual Communications, FESTIVAL AWARDEES RECOGNIZED
  9. ^ Gregg Kilday, Lee Isaac Chung Takes Two Top Prizes at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2017-10-11). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  11. ^ "'Warrior': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  12. ^ Hale, Mike (2019-04-03). "Review: 'Warrior,' Pitched by Bruce Lee and Made by Cinemax". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2019-04-24). "'Warrior' Renewed For Season 2 By Cinemax". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  14. ^ Oliver Wang and Hua Hsu (Apr 11, 2003). "Taking on Tomorrow". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  15. ^ GIANT ROBOT - Transmissions Interview”.
  16. ^ Representation - Jason Tobin”.

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