It wasn’t that long ago that the hashtag #StarringJohnCho took over social media.
The point was that you could take any leading man and substitute him for John Cho. The campaign drew attention to the lack of leading roles for Asian Americans.
Debuting this weekend in limited release in New York and Los Angeles is Columbus , a big screen movie that really does star John Cho. The movie scored a 97% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 78% from audiences.
Cho comes to Columbus, Indiana to tend to his ailing father. Along the way he strikes a deep relationship with an architecture student played by Haley Lu Richardson.
She manages to inspire Cho to look at life in a different way. The trailer hints at a romantic relationship, but we’ll have to see the movie to know for sure.
“It felt like a little bit of a dream,” said Cho to the Los Angeles Times.” Projects this small and this unusual are hard to make real, but it happened. All of a sudden we got the call and I was in Columbus.”
The film is directed by Kogonada. The Korean American specifically wrote the part for a Korean American.
The Nashville resident says he was inspired by the unique architecture in Columbus to make this movie.
“It didn’t take long,” he said to the Indy Star. “It was by lunchtime that I turned to my wife and said I want to make a movie here.”
Columbus opens in San Francisco next week. See the schedule for showings across the United States here.
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