With the momentum of his bold, Asian-centered films Gook and Ms. Purple, filmmaker Justin Chon is continuing to propel his creative, authentic endeavors with his latest project “Blue Bayou”.
In the same vein as Gook and Ms. Purple, Blue Bayou is an intimate story that explores Chon’s passion for revealing and evoking complicated aspects of Asian American identity and family. Deadline writer Amanda N’Duka explains that the film’s plot will follow “Antonio, a Korean adoptee raised in the US who is forced to confront his distant past, and what it means for his own future as well as his family’s, as he suddenly –and unexpectedly– faces deportation.”
From his early rise to stardom as quirky, easygoing Eric in teen flick Twilight, Chon has since taken the lead in directing his own narratives and stories that feel enclosed and introspective. His films have dealt with racism, trauma, familial burdens, and personal turmoil specifically within the realm of Asian American culture, and he continues to work towards bridging the gap of understanding between these identities and the greater space of the U.S.
Further announcements include Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander’s involvement, leading many to ponder the potential scope of the film’s undetermined release. Chon will star besides her, as well as direct the film.
Ultimately, the news of Blue Bayou has enlivened the space of Asian American creators, with the likes of Ali Wong, David Choi, Leonard Wu, and many more singing their praises on Instagram. By painting the Hollywood scene with his unique storytelling vision that headlines Asian American-centric tales, Chon has proven his place at the forefront of championing diversity in this new age of film.
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