Focus Features has released the official Blue Bayou trailer for Justin Chon’s forthcoming drama feature, starring Chon and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. The film just had its world premiere yesterday at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. It is currently slated for a theatrical release on September 17.
The video, which you can check out below, features a Korean-born American as his future gets threatened when an unjust police arrest leads to him discovering that the government wants to deport him back to South Korea despite living in America for all of his life. He has no choice but to legally fight the flawed system in order to be able to stay with his wife and daughter.
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Blue Bayou tells a moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy 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 film stars Justin Chon (Gook), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Mark O’Brien (Arrival, Ready or Not), Linh Dan Pham, Vondie Curtis-Hall (Chicago Hope), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), and Sydney Kowalske.
Blue Bayou is written and directed by Chon, who has previously won multiple festival awards for his 2019 written/directed drama Ms. Purple and 2017 written/directed/starring/executive produced project Gook. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.
The film was financed by MACRO and eOne. Producers are Chon, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Greta Fuentes, and Yira Vilaro with Clara Wu, eOne’s Nick Meyer, Zev Foreman, and Eddie Rubin serving as executive producers.