– by Gig Patta

Justin Chon has made his mark in independent cinema.

After critically acclaimed films of Man Up and Gook, Chon has directed his touching and emotional third film with Ms. Purple.

Ms. Purple follows a young woman who is a karaoke hostess in Koreatown that re-connected with her estranged brother in the final days of their father’s life.

The film stars Tiffany Chu (Artificial), Teddy Lee (Spa Night), Octavio Pizano (Powder and Gold, Feral State) and Jake Choi (Single Parents, The Sun Is Also a Star). Chon co-wrote the feature with Chris Dinh (Crush the Skull).

LRM Online sat down with director Justin Chon at the Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles earlier this summer. We talked about his style of indie filmmaking and the development of specific scenes in Mr. Purple.

The film sets up an emotional mood over the family bonding. Newcomer Chu does an excellent job as the daughter who tries to be a caregiver to her dying father by refusing to send him to hospice and works at night as a karaoke party girl. She reaches out to her estranged older brother (Lee), who lost his life’s purpose as an adult. He arrives to reconnect with his father in an unusual way that re-establishes his relationship with the sister he lost touch.

Chon is best known for playing Eric in the Twilight series. He starred in well known feature films like 21 & Over and Revenge of the Green Dragons.

Ms. Purple is currently playing in limited theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Columbus, Ohio. It will be expanding its showings in the next couple of weeks. To see if Ms. Purple is playing in your city in the future, please visit their web site here.

Watch our full interview with Justin Chon above.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.