Skip to content

Shortcomings: A Screenplay by Adrian Tomine

    The annotated and expanded screenplay adaptation of the landmark graphic novel

    The highly anticipated film adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s acclaimed New York Times Notable Book premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival before its much-anticipated New York debut at the Tribeca Festival, where it received widespread praise. Penned by Tomine himself and skillfully directed by Randall Park, Shortcomings was hailed by The New York Times for its groundbreaking portrayal of Asian Americans, capturing their complexity and authenticity.

    This definitive edition presents Tomine’s screenplay in its final “shooting draft,” accompanied by comprehensive annotations, insightful commentary, and exclusive extras such as deleted and alternate scenes. With its exquisite design, the volume features captivating film stills and behind-the-scenes images, offering readers an immersive journey into the film’s creation. Additionally, readers are treated to an introduction by Park and an original comic by Tomine, enhancing the experience of delving into the world of Shortcomings.

    Serving as the perfect complement to the original graphic novel, Shortcomings: A Screenplay provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of a story from page to screen. Whether you’re a devoted fan of Tomine’s work or fascinated by the filmmaking process, this screenplay offers a compelling and entertaining read, brimming with wit, humor, and profound insights. It celebrates the seamless translation of Tomine’s intricate storytelling and nuanced characters, showcasing the magic of adaptation across different mediums.

    Ben and Miko’s relationship is in trouble. He’s a struggling filmmaker, she works for a local film festival, and in various ways, they’re both searching for something else. When he’s not managing a derelict movie theater, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blonde women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs, and eating in diners with his best friend Alice, a grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben begins to explore what he thinks he wants, throwing himself headfirst into new relationships, unfamiliar surroundings, and uncharted emotional territory. Equal parts comedy and drama, Shortcomings explores the complexities of culture, desire, and Asian American identity with a critical eye and unsparing, irreverent wit.

    Tony M.