From Korean American filmmaker Justin Chon — whose 2017 breakout feature “Gook” created big buzz at Sundance — comes “Ms. Purple,” a poignant drama about two Asian American siblings who are now seemingly stuck in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles they grew up in. Abandoned by their mother when they were young, Kasie and Carey were raised by their father, who is now on his deathbed. Kasie has an unpleasant job entertaining rowdy male clients at a karaoke bar, and she has an off-and-on relationship with a spoiled playboy. After his father beat him at a young age, Carey ran away from home and hasn’t been back. Neither has an easy life, but tensions ease and light moments unfold between them, as the renewal of their relationship starts to make a difference. Cinematographer Ante Cheng works skillfully with heavily saturated, mood-matching colors that are both foreboding and welcoming. Inspired by Chon’s own relationship with his sister and family.
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Director: Justin Chon
USA • 87 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures