Coming Home Again (2020)
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang’s (The Joy Luck Club, Chan Is Missing) moving new film, Coming Home Again, is based on a personal essay by award-winning Korean-American writer Chang-Rae Lee that was published in The New Yorker.
The film’s main character, also named Chang-Rae (the charismatic Justin Chon), a first-generation Korean-American, returns to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother (Jackie Chung). Wanting nothing more than to fulfill his role as the supportive son, he must come to terms with his own conflicted emotions.
The film takes place over the course of one full day during which Chang-Rae attempts to prepare a traditional Korean New Year’s Eve dinner; like the one his mother always cooked for the family (for the film, all food was actually prepared by acclaimed Korean American chef Corey Lee). The care and precision that goes into preparing this meal gives him time to reflect on the intense relationship between them. Memories become a doorway into a woman who was so much more than the mother he thought he knew. Now, Chang-Rae is faced with the dilemma of living with the permanent scars of unresolved family sacrifice, or the risk of opening new wounds as cancer shadows their lives.
FREE FILMMAKER Q&A: Director Wayne Wang, award-winning writer Chang-Rae Lee and acclaimed Korean American chef Corey Lee will participate in a free live-stream Q&A at 4:00pm EST Saturday, Oct. 24, moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and film programmer Robert Rosenberg. You must register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tMxNpLO6SEeHbs1FpH2fCA
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