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Twisters (2024)

Director: Lee Isaac Chung Run Time: 122 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2024

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Brandon Perea, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Maura Tierney

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Minari (2020) filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung helms an exciting sequel to the iconic 1996 disaster thriller.

Haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado, Kate Cooper gets lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi, to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. She soon crosses paths with Tyler Owens, a charming but reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures. As storm season intensifies, Kate, Tyler and their competing teams find themselves in a fight for their lives as multiple systems converge over central Oklahoma.

About the filmmaker:

Lee Isaac Chung is an award-winning writer and director who  grew up on a small farm in Lincoln, Arkansas. He received his BA in biology at Yale University and his MFA in film studies at the University of Utah. His work deals with memory, family, and authentic human experiences. For the semi-autobiographical Minari (2020), Chung worked with a predominantly Korean American cast and crew, including Executive Producer Steven Yeun, who became the first Asian American to be nominated for Best Actor, and acclaimed South Korean actress Yuh-jung Youn.

Chung’s highly acclaimed debut feature was the Rwandan family drama Munyurangabo (2007), a collaboration with his filmmaking students in Kigali and the first narrative feature film in the Kinyarwanda language. The film premiered at Cannes, and Chung was selected for the New Directors/New Films series at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. He was also nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. His follow-up features include Lucky Life (2010) based on the poetry of Gerald Stern and Abigail Harm (2012), a modern story inspired by the Korean folktale “The Woodcutter and the Nymph.” He revisited Rwanda in the documentary I Have Seen My Last Born (2015), a moving portrayal of a man navigating life in a changing country.

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