justin chon interview

“Palm trees are not native to California, did you know?”

Young-Il (James Kang) tells his young daughter Kasie that in Ms. PurpleJustin Chon‘s gauzy, contemplative follow-up to his charged 2017 darling Gook. Newcomer Tiffany Chu is the titular Ms. Purple, a young woman named Kasie who refuses to put her father in hospice even as he lies comatose in his death bed. When his caretaker suddenly quits, Kasie turns to her estranged brother Carey (Teddy Lee), who reluctantly returns home to take care of the father who kicked him out.

Ms. Purple is a story of people who “feel like they’ve been left behind,” Chon told /Film in an interview in New York.. First-generation Korean immigrants whose parents tried to make a new life in America, Kasie and Carey struggle to exist on the fringes of society — Kasie working as a “doumi girl,” a hostess at a Korean karaoke bar, Carey straddling homelessness while loitering at an internet cafe. “The world kept turning, they stood still,” Chon said. In effect, they are the palm tree: long, exotic plants swaying in a wind that is not their own. Uprooted.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we talk about gender inequality in Hollywood, mend a fractured family, settle in for a long movie, watch some good puppers, and come to the aid of racecar drivers. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we discover a show I might actually watch, see a longer trailer for a critically acclaimed indie, marvel at the longevity of one Ed Begley Jr., get Frenched, and see what Ben Wheatley is executive producing now. Read More »

gook trailer

After making a buzzy premiere at Sundance and picking up the film festival’s Next Audience Award, Gook finally has a trailer. And it looks powerful.

Following a day in the lives of two Korean-American brothers living in Los Angeles in the 1990s, Korean-American actor-turned-filmmaker Justin Chon‘s Gook (which is a derogatory slur for East or Southeast Asian foreigners) explores the Korean perspective of the 1992 Rodney King race riots, sparked by the brutal police beating of a black man caught on camera, but also partly by the 1991 shooting of a black girl by a Korean storekeeper.

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‘21 and Over’ Trailer #2: Naked and Screaming

Think you had a wild 21st birthday? Unless your evening ended with you screaming atop a minivan with a teddy bear dangling from your genitals, it’s safe to assume the guys of 21 and Over have you beat.

Justin Chon (Twilight) stars as straight-A college student Jeff Chang, whose plans for a quiet birthday celebration are thwarted in epic fashion when his two BFFs (Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin and Project X‘s Miles Teller) surprise him with a night out. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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We’ve witnessed frat boy shenanigans from both grown-ass men (Old School, the Hangover films) and underage teens (Project X), and we’ll be seeing them from the senior citizen set when Last Vegas opens next year. But such antics never seem more appropriate than when they’re being perpetrated by actual college-aged kids.

21 and Over is exactly what the title suggests — a comedy from the “one crazy night” subgenre about a boozy 21st birthday celebration gone horribly, hilariously wrong. Justin Chon (Twilight) stars as birthday boy Jeff Chang, who’s planning a quiet night at home in preparation for an important grad school interview. His plans change when his BFFs (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin) arrive unannounced, dragging him out for a wild evening that just keeps getting stranger. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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