September 20, 2021 — Justin Chon, director and star of Blue Bayou, discusses his new film in a conversation with Academy Governor-at-Large Janet Yang. The conversation followed Asia Society Southern California and Focus Features' special screening of Blue Bayou, a heartbreaking story of immigration, identity, and family, and an official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Blue Bayou tells the story of Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, who is married to the love of his life, Kathy (Alicia Vikander), and is stepdad to her daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, Antonio must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home. (36 min., 6 sec.)