Ms. Purple

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.
September 2019
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Director: Justin Chon

Starring: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, and James Kang

 

2019, USA, 87 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Program Notes

From award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (Gook), Ms. Purple is a poignant drama about sister and brother, Kasie (Tiffany Chu) and Carey (Teddy Lee), who were raised and are now seemingly stuck in Koreatown. Abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the siblings continue to struggle with profound emotional wounds from the difficulty of the parental dynamic. Now, with their father on his death bed, the estranged Carey comes home to help Kasie care for him. Old ties are renewed and a relationship restored in this vibrant, deeply affecting portrait of Asian American siblinghood in Los Angeles.

Read Director Justin Chon’s interview in Slash Film for insight on how his characters reflect the first-generation immigrants he grew up with in Irvine, California —  and their struggle on the fringes of society.


OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sundance Film Festival

Critics' Praise

“The burden of familial obligation permeates ‘Ms. Purple’ — who carries it and who passes it off, who outruns it and who lets it overrun them. It’s a ripe topic Chon clearly feels deeply, rendered in beautiful cinematography and delicate storytelling. It’s also a uniquely Asian-American story, rooted in loving specificity and beating with a universally human heart.”
— Jude Dry, Indiewire

 

“It’s often the moments in between Chon’s loudest notes that make the best impression in ‘Ms. Purple,’ a striking character study on the responsibilities of family, and the importance of sticking around.”
— Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

 

“[A] gorgeously shot and sensitively acted drama, a demonstration of range from the actor-turned-director.”
— John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter


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