I CAN I WILL I DID
Directed by Nadine Truong
When bullied to the brink of despair, depressed foster youth Ben, tragically, gets hit by a car, robbing his ability to walk. Downhearted, the empty shell of a teenager gives up on life, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient and her dog Bruce at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces to him her grandfather, Taekwondo Grand Master Ik Jo Jang who not only teaches him how to walk again, but also how to take charge of his own life.
Nadine Truong’s I CAN I WILL I DID creatively tells the story of adolescence, the importance of relationships, friendships, loss, growing, forgiving, and the search for one’s meaning on the journey of life with the help of Old Greenwich Taekwondo Master Kang who stars in and worked on the screenplay of the film. While not a traditional flashy martial arts film, this is the story of an upcoming martial artist who finds his bearings learning the hard way, that martial arts is not about the flashy movements, but lessons instilled in the mind and in the heart; for the young and the old, the offender and victim alike and gives prominence to the saying, “every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
Complemented with a beautiful score and cinematography, I CAN I WILL I DID tugs at the heart strings as themes of inner darkness, love, resurgence, and forgiveness are explored, as Ben learns the meaning of Master Kang’s philosophy of I can, I will, and I did. Whether one practices martial arts or not, everyone is sure to relate to the life lessons it bestows of respect for one another, focus, discipline, and concentration in whatever one does in life. AAIFF’40 marks the film’s New York City premiere.
Screening made possible by: Also-Known-As, Inc. (AKA); Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Project by Project (PbP)