Tagged: Justin Chon

Summary: 
As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  18th November 2021 (Australia), 3rd December 2021 (UK), 17th September 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Justin Chon

Screenwriter: Justin Chon

Cast: Brad Blanchard (Randy), Martin Bats Bradford (Lajon), Justin Chon (Antonio LeBlanc), Emery Cohen (Denny), Sylvia Grace Crim (Sylvia), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Barry Boucher), Rhonda Johnson Dents (Rhonda), Alexander Garcia (Gulag), Renell Gibbs (Reggie), Jim Gleason (Doctor Keegan), Jacci Gresham (Ms. Jacci), Tyler Henry (Kamal), Altonio Jackson (Quentin aka Q), Sydney Kowalske (Jessie LeBlanc), Ivy Vy Le (Nicole), Susan McPhail (Susanne), Mark O’Brien (Ace), Linh-Dan Pham (Parker Nguyen), Josef A. Pons (Rodrigo), Geraldine Singer (Dawn Landry), Truong Quang Tran (Quoc), Alicia Vikander (Kathy LeBlanc), Toby Vitrano (Merk)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: M (Australia), TBC (UK), R (USA)

OUR BLUE BAYOU REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Blue Bayou Review:

Films with the power of Blue Bayou are rare in modern cinema. I’ll admit that when the credits begun to roll I sat there in complete stunned silence. Normally I am the kind of person that turns to my co-host as soon as the credits start and ask them what they thought of the film, but with Blue Bayou we both sat there in stunned silence. Partly because of the power of the film and partly because it is hard to comprehend that in 2021 the story told in Blue Bayou is occurring in the USA nearly every day.

The film centres around the loving couple of tattoo artist Antonio LeBlanc (Justin Chon – Twilight) and physical therapist Kathy LeBlanc (Alicia Vikander – Ex-Machina). They are poor and don’t have much but they have each other and they have their daughter, Jessie (Sydney Kowalske – Girl In The Basement)… and that is enough to make them happy.

Despite the fact that Jessie is from Kathy’s first marriage, to dutiful cop Ace (Mark O’Brien – Arrival), Antonio loves her deeply and the pair share a special bond. Even when he finds out that Kathy is expecting his child he tells Jessie nothing will ever stop him loving her.

But then two events happen that will change things forever. First of all a chance meeting between Antonio and Kathy in a supermarket with Ace and his violently racist partner, Denny (Emory Cohen – Brooklyn), leads to trouble for the couple and deep secrets being revealed. Then Antonio meets the terminally ill Parker Nguyen (Linh-Dan Pham – Mr Nobody) that leads him to ask more questions about his ancestry.

Normally films like Blue Bayou that tug at your heart-strings are told in an almost Hallmark fashion. They are clichéd and you can almost pick every trope and turn before they happen. Blue Bayou isn’t like that though, instead Justin Chon, who is also the film’s director and screenwriter, allow the film to take on a gritty, alternative persona that allows the film to become more hard-hitting and pack an even more powerful punch into its audience’s stomach. Why does it hit so hard? Because Chon is such a talented director that his style of filmmaking seems so natural at times the dialogue and what you are watching are so realistic that you feel like you are watching a documentary.

I’m not going to hold back with this – the story, revealed in the twist of the film, is a story that needed to be exposed to the world and as it turns out Justin Chon was just the right filmmaker to do so. If Chon doesn’t win an Oscar for Blue Bayou, and he really should, then there is no doubt in my mind that one day he certainly will. Not only is his acting in this film award-worthy but his directing certainly is as he has delivered one of the films of the year.

If the Oscars were fair then you would have say that Chon could easily walk away with a swag of Oscars for this film. Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenwriter – and all would be deserved. As much as I marvelled at Chon’s directional skills this film also showcases what a spectacular screenwriter he is as well. This film shows emotion without getting sappy and Chon is a talented enough writer to make sure that none of the film’s twists and turns are revealed before he needs to them. Even better is the fact that he is a mature and brave enough writer to not disappoint the audience with a clichéd Hollywood ending.

This of course is not the Justin Chon show though. As good as Chon’s performance is he is well matched alongside Alicia Vikander who once again reminds cinema audiences that she is well and truly above her Tomb Raider credentials. Like Chon Vikander puts in a truly emotional and dramatic performance that should have tested her limits, but instead she excelled in the role. Together the pair pull off two of the best performances that you are likely to see on the big screen in 2021.

Blue Bayou is not only one of the best films that you will see in 2021, it is also one of the most powerful. This is the kind of film that has you walking away from the cinema angry at just how unjust the world, these are the kinds of films that we need in this world to make a difference. If you loved the power of Nomadland last year be prepared to be floored by the brilliance of Blue Bayou and its creator Justin Chon.

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Trailer:

From award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.  

Director/Writer: Justin Chon 

Producers: Justin Chon, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks 

Cast: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Emory Cohen 

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PROSPEKT is pleased to announce the post production fundraising effort for LIKE LAMBS has been selected as a ‘Staff Pick’ by KICKSTARTER. There are 25 days left to raise $27,000 and we would appreciate your pledge or ‘share’ on your social networ.
LIKE LAMBS marks the feature debut of writer, director, actor Ted Marcus and the narrative feature film debut of Australian producer/sound designer John Kassab, following the success of hit documentary 12 O’CLOCK BOYS.

LIKE LAMBS stars Liam Aiken (Ned Rifle, Lemony Snicket’s), Connor Paolo (Mystic River, Gossip Girl, Revenge), Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 and Over), Chanelle Peloso (Incredible Crew, Zapped) and Godfrey (Louie, Soul Plane, Zoolander).

LIKE LAMBS was shot on location in a Gothic Castle in New England during the Autumn of 2013 and filmed with leftover 35mm film from the sets of 12 YEARS A SLAVE and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET which is someone ironic given the subject matter.

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Prospekt have just released the trailer for their brand new feature titled Like Lambs. The film which is directed by Ted Marcus and stars Liam Aiken, Ted Marcus, Connor Paolo, Justin Chon, Chanelle Peloso, David Dayan Fisher and newcomer Lindsay Keys will be doing the festival circuit in 2015.

You can view the Like Lambs trailer below.

 

21 & Over

Summary: Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”), Miles Teller (“Footloose”) and Justin Chon (“Twilight”) star in 21 and Over, a hilarious movie that showcases a rite of passage gone horribly wrong. Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Screenwriter: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Cast: Skylar Astin (Casey), Derrick Bennett (himself), Daniel Booko (Julian), Breighana Campion (Mary), Sara Castilleja (Cara), Christiann Castellanos (Pledge Gomez), Francois Chau (Dr. Chang), Justin Chon (Jeff Chang), Samantha Futerman (Sally Huang), Russell Hodgkinson (The Chief), Jonathan Keltz (Randy), Jodie Loren (Pledge Aguilar), Russell Mercado (Jayden), Miles Teller (Miller), Sarah Wright (Nicole), Dustin Ybarra (DJ Brill)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘21 & Over’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘21 & Over’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘21 & Over′: Check Episode #23 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘21 & Over’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:21 & Over (2013) on IMDb