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Friday, August 19, 2016

John Cho To Headline Buzzworthy Director :: kogonada's Feature Debut

The first thing you should know is, that is not a typo in the headline. :: kogonada, an innovative short film director, known for videos that analyze the content, form, and structure of films and television series and set to make his feature debut soon, spells his name beginning with two colons. Artists.

He's so good, in fact, that he's lined up an impressive cast, with John Cho as a headliner co-starring alongside Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, and Rory Culkin in COLUMBUS, a drama that, according to the Sperlative Films and Depth of Field press release today, "revolves around a man and young woman from opposite sides of the world, each mourning the potential loss of a parent.”

More from the release:

John Cho plays JIN, estranged son of a prominent architectural critic, who suddenly finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Haley Lu Richardson plays CASEY, daughter of a recovering addict, who finds solace in the architecture that surrounds her. Parker Posey plays ELEANOR, former student and intimate of JIN's father. Michelle Forbes plays MARIA, a recovering addict and single mother of Casey. Rory Caulkin plays GABE, Casey's part-time confidant and bookish friend.

This has serious potential, and I am so glad to see John Cho defying all laws of Hollywood bias and quickly becoming a sought-after, in-demand actor like he so deserves. Parker Posey is one of my all-time faves, so I am stoked to see what the two will bring together with Culkin (a hugely underrated actor in his own right).

:: kogonada said he was inspired to do COLUMBUS after reading an article in The New York Times about Columbus, Indiana and its modern architecture. "I was deeply intrigued. After visiting the town, I felt an immediate sense for a film that would take place there, which would implicitly explore the promise of modernism (an ongoing quest for me)."

I am very intrigued. An original film helmed by an Asian-American director and starring an Asian-American male lead. I'm in.


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