Justin Chon has quickly established himself as one of the industry’s top artists. Before PACHINKO, he most recently wrote, directed and starred in his original feature BLUE BAYOU, which sold competitively to Focus Features and premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Chon plays the lead role opposite Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander. Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham and Emory Cohen also star.
His previous film, GOOK, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the NEXT category. He also won an Independent Spirit Award as a top director to watch. Chon wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film, which received stellar reviews, earning a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. GOOK was picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films and opened with the best per-theater average among specialty films.
His follow-up film, MS. PURPLE, premiered at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition to great reviews and sold to Oscilloscope Pictures. The film opened exclusively in Los Angeles for its first weekend with the best per-theater average among specialty films, becoming the best opening in over a year, and second-best opening in five years, at the Landmark Nuart. Up next for Justin, he’ll be directing the pilot and second episode of the new Jason Momoa led Apple TV+ series CHIEF OF WAR.