Sydney Kowalske as “Jessie”, Justin Chon as “Antonio” and Alicia Vikander as “Kathy” in BLUE BAYOU, a Focus Features release | Courtesy of Focus Features
Justin Chon brings us another emotional story in the Blue Bayou. While most of us are used to hearing stories about deportation from illegal entry into the United States, this film brings us the version of legal entry from youth adoption.
An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival 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 (Justin Chon, “Twilight”), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”) 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.
The actor Justin Chon is known internationally for playing Eric in the five installments of the Twilight franchise. After being a part of television and movies he branched on to making his own films. Chon made his debut as a filmmaker with Gook. A film inspired by the Los Angeles riots that took place in 1992. This film won awards in Sundance and the Spirit Awards. Ms.Purple followed and now Blue Bayou.
Director/writer/actor Justin Chon on the set of BLUE BAYOU, a Focus Features release.
I was connected with Justin Chon via Zoom to talk about Blue Bayou. Chon expressed why he felt the need to make this film and bring awareness of the ongoing family separation. In addition, to sharing why he ended up starring in the film although it was not the original plan.
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