Coming Home Again (2019)
Director: Wayne Wang Run Time: 86 min. Rating: NR
Starring: Christina July Kim, Jackie Chung, Justin Chon
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“A profound experience”
– Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
About the film:
Official Selection of 2019 Toronto and Busan International Film Festivals. A U.S.-South Korea production supported by the Center for Asian American Media. Based on a personal essay by award-winning Korean-American writer Chang-rae Lee published in The New Yorker in 1995.
A first generation Korean-American returns to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. The film takes place over the course of one full day while the son attempts to prepare a traditional Korean New Year’s Eve dinner, the one his mother always cooked for the family.
About the filmmakers:
Hong Kong-American director Wayne Wang has focused his career on exploring and validating the authentic Asian-American experience he saw missing from TV and film. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute, he began in 1982 with his groundbreaking solo-directorial debut, Chan Is Missing. His films, including The Joy Luck Club (1993), Smoke (1995), and Chinese Box (1997), have earned international recognition at film festivals and with audiences. For paving the way for Asian-American artists, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2016.
Coming Home Again stars Jackie Chung and Justin Chon, who wrote and starred in his own award-winning feature directorial debut Gook (2017). The film earned Chon the Someone to Watch Award grant at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, helping him fund Ms. Purple, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019.See all virtual titles