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Justin Chon Paints A K-Town Scene In 'Ms. Purple'

Published September 5, 2019 at 11:01 AM PDT
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Tiffany Chu stars in "Ms. Purple," directed and co-written by Justin Chon.
Tiffany Chu stars in "Ms. Purple," directed and co-written by Justin Chon.

On today's show:

Koreatown, Through His Lens

(Starts at 7:45)

Justin Chon knew he wanted to make a film in L.A.’s Koreatown, an area dense with people and buildings and dreams — some realized, some lost. The director's new film, “Ms. Purple,” is about a young woman caring for her ailing father. A talented pianist, she puts her dreams on hold to make money as a doumi, or hostess, at karaoke clubs. John Horn and Frame news clerk Andrea Gutierrez met Chon at Soop Sok, the K-Town club where much of the film was shot. Chon talked about the real-life inspiration for the film, the obligations face by children of immigrants, and how he cast Los Angeles as a character.

Fall Still Means New TV Shows

(Starts at :45)

The television season is a year-round endeavor now, but networks still stock up on September premieres. John talks with Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Feinberg about what he's enjoying now, and what he's looking forward to watching.

Putting a Twist on Tradition

(Starts at 18:45)

They play traditional mariachi instruments and can belt out classic Mexican songs, but the New York-based group, Flor de Toloache, is not your abuelo’s mariachi. As The Frame contributor Betto Arcos reports, the all-female ensemble is creating a new music style, blending mariachi sounds with R&B.

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