Just from the first trailer for Justin Chon‘s Blue Bayou, we can tell that the filmmaker has grown as a storyteller and cinematic visionary since his work with Gook and Ms. Purple.
Focus Features’ Blue Bayou has already gained traction as an official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Written, directed and starring Chon, the film paints a portrait of American family fighting for their future. Chon stars as Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou. He is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. As he struggles 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.
With America’s divisive stance on immigration, violence against Asians as well as shining a glaring spotlight on social and cultural identity, Blue Bayou covers a lot of ground that speaks to the times.
Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, and Emory Cohen also star. Chon produces alongside Charles D. King, Kim Roth, and Poppy Hanks.
Watch the trailer below and check out the poster below.