The premiere of Jin, a short film starring Justin Chon (Twilight), will take place this Sunday, November 13,2011 at CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Directed by Il Cho, Jin is an American Film Institute Thesis Film about a young man named Jin who is struggling to provide for his younger brother. With no other options at hand, he takes on the job as a driver for a local mob lieutenant. When things start to go awry and the future for the lieutenant seems questionable, Jin becomes involved in trying to rectify the situation.
The premiere on Sunday will be the first time that Jin will be released to the public. Confirmed guests are stars Justin Chon and Josiah D.Lee, YouTube sensation Kevin Wu, Dumbfoundead, Daniel Nguyen, Victor Kim, members of Poreotics, as well as Miss California candidates Jenny Ting and Rachel Kim.
Watch the trailer:
There will also be a special showing of a commercial for ATTIC, urban lifestyle boutique co-owned by Justin Chon, also directed Il Cho.
CGV Cinemas in Madang Plaza 621 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Actor Justin Chon, who most recently played ‘Eric Yorkie’ in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, has signed on to star in a new comedy feature film, 21 and Over, to be written and directed by Joe Lucas and Scott Moore—the screenwriters for The Hangover.
Trouble is bound to ensue in this all-night comedy when three college friends go out to celebrate their pal’s twenty-first birthday the night before his big exam. Hitflix reports that filming will begin this month, and the movie is scheduled for release sometime in 2012.
Wired Magazine interviewed Justin Chon and speaks out against violence against Asian women in the United States and of course he talks about the Twilight series. He notes how the Asian culture is very quiet and that there may be many Asian women who are not speaking up about possible domestic violence.
What if all it took to help a charity raise $1 million was a simple online vote? Would you help then? The Center for the Pacific Asian Family hopes so, as the nonprofit competes with 99 other charities in the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook.
CPAF, which helps Asian Pacific Islanders who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has lined up some impressive supporters for its star-powered public service announcements, including actor Justin Chon from the Twilight films. Other CPAF supporters include John Cho (Star Trek), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Aaron Yoo (21, Disturbia), Archie Kao (CSI), Joe Hahn (Linkin Park) and Lisa Ling (Oprah).
The Chase Community Giving contest, with its social media angle and the involvement of so many celebrities, is a great way to get some attention to organizations like Center for the Pacific Asian Family, which runs a 24-hour support line, emergency and transitional shelters, and counseling services for victims and their families. All it takes to help out is a vote, whether it’s for CPAF or one of the other 99 charities. It won’t cost you a dime. Winners will be announced Saturday.
To find out more about CPAF and its mission, I shot off some questions to Chon. The queries were handed to a film crew that filmed the actor’s responses. Check out the video above for some firsthand insight into the charity as well as some Twilight: Eclipse tidbits for Twihards.
Oh, and what can moviegoers expect when The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the second sequel in the teen vampire series, hits theaters this summer? “You can expect it to be very similar to the book,” Chon said, “but there will be a lot more action, and a lot more lovin’ because … the guys are tryin’ to get with Bella.”
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Starting today we count down the top ten most influential Korean-Americans from 2009. It’s been an incredible year with Korean-Americans becoming more prominent in every facet of life from entertainment to politics. Till the end of the year, we’ll showcase these Korean-Americans who really stood out in 2009 and today we begin the countdown with Mr. Justin Chon at #10.
When we looked at our web analytics logs, Justin Chon was one of the most searched people on our website and the two interviews we conducted with him had some of the highest traffic this past year. Justin Chon had a breakout year with a key role again in the wildly popular Twilight Saga film (New Moon), which may end up being the highest grossing film this year. He also had big roles in the movie Crossing Over, and the indie film Turbo. Justin’s one of the rising stars in Hollywood and that can definitely be attributed to his work ethic. Did you know that his role “Eric Yorkie” in Twilight wasn’t written for an Asian guy? He obviously impressed enough for the casting agents of Twilight to cast him in the role of Eric. In the film Crossover, he acted along side legendary actors Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. Justin is as Californian as they come but he portrayed a Korean immigrant struggling to adopt to America in Crossover. We had the opportunity to talk to him over the course of the year and he is truly a nerd when it comes to acting and we know he has range. Though his father was an actor in South Korea and he has the acting genes, he knows how much more he has to work. It was obvious to us how much he respects his craft and how hard he works at honing his skills. He’s very appreciative of the Twilight fame but his ambition is to work harder and to challenge himself with bigger roles. Justin had a great year in 2009 and we know you’ll see more of him in 2010 and beyond.
The movie “New Moon” is all the rage and all the young ladies are gaga over leading man Robert Pattinson. I wonder if the Korean ladies fancy Mr. Pattinson like all the ladies in the states? Maybe if he speaks Korean?! The South Korean interviewer does a pretty good job of getting the rest of the cast to speak some Korean words (towards the end of the video). On a side note, doesn’t Robert Pattinson look like a real vampire?
The Twilight Saga continues with its second installment, with NEW MOON opening this Friday. So what does it feel like to be in one of the most popular movie franchises? Justin Chon knows how it feels because he’s in the Twilight Saga and he’s enjoying life more than ever. However, he’s ready for new challenges. Justin Chon sat down with us for a quick chat to discuss the upcoming movie and what life looks like after The Twilight experience.
How was the recent filming of the Twilight franchise?
Second (New Moon) was great! I really liked the director. He was a funny guy and it was a pleasure to work with him. For New Moon, there was more time taken and there was more budget for it. For the third one, the director was very meticulous and it was also fun to make.
How was filming in Vancouver?
I love Vancouver! I’d live up there if I could. People are really nice and it has a different vibe. It’s beautiful scenery but it gets a little cold. It definitely has four seasons.
So what gets you excited about this next installment of Twilight?
Just being a part of it. It’s wonderful and I’m honored that I’m a part of this trilogy. I’m proud, no matter how big my part is; in any form.
You’ve had a lot of fun going to award shows and filming Twilight? How has life been for you? How has it effected you?
It’s great. I feel the same like I was on Nickelodeon. You start to figure out that this movie is a giant. People go crazy over this movie. It’s not so much about me, but when I get together with the cast, you really see how big it is.
Do you look back and say, it’s been a lot of fun and appreciate how far you have come? Or do you just keep busy and not think about it?
I’m a kid at school who tries to be funny. I thought about it after the third movie. I’m going into pilot season and I’ve been reflecting a lot this past year. I’ve been very fortunate to just do this. You don’t really look back to much but I got far a little fast. If for the next year things slow down, it’s not going to bother me. I’m really gearing up for this upcoming pilot season. Twilight is now behind me, and now I can focus on the artist I really want to be. Not just be one character.
Is that why you did Turbo (independent film)?
That was fun. It’s something like that I always love doing: independent films with student directors. You’re trying to do it together, experiment, and fail.
How have you improved as an actor in the last two years?
I feel like playing one character for a long time makes you really good. I like expanding my horizons and it’s always good to work on new things. Just get in bed with it. I just feel like I’ve done this Twilight thing and it’s been a great experience. I’m really glad I’m back to the grind – it excites me. I’m really on fire and ready to go. Now it’s a good time and opportunity to push myself.
It seems like this fall season, there are more Korean and Korean-American actors working. You have Ninja Assassin with a cast of Koreans and a handful of Korean-American actors in network TV shows like Ken Jeong in Community, John Cho in Flash Forward, and Tim Kang in the Mentalist. Do you think Hollywood is embracing Asians more? I do think Hollywood is embracing Asians more. For example, the character I play in Twilight wasn’t meant for an Asian guy. So I don’t think they wouldn’t hire an Asian unless there was something there.
What advice would you give other Asian-Americans trying to break into Hollywood?
Get the best acting training you can get. If I got trained in New York or something, maybe I would have gotten more formal training. I’ve got LA training which is a little bit of this and that. It would’ve been nice to have some hardcore nine to five training for two to four years.
What are your ambitions now?
I used to confine myself and eliminate things and now I’ve kind of learned to go with the flow; not control my career. It’s really not up to me. What’s up to me is to train hard and become a better actor.
Thanks Justin! Good luck with Twilight and we’ll see you soon.
New Moon opens up this Friday, November 20th. In the second installment of Stephenie Meyers phenomenally successful TWILIGHT series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as BELLA SWAN (Kristen Stewart) delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of—only to find herself in greater peril than ever before.
Following Bellas ill-fated 18th birthday party, EDWARD CULLEN (Robert Pattinson) and his family abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edwards image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.
With the help of her childhood friend JACOB BLACK (Taylor Lautner), Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bellas frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.
When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret of the Quileutes and Edwards true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one shed hoped for. With more of the passion, action and suspense that made TWILIGHT a worldwide phenomenon, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON is a spellbinding follow-up to the box office hit.
If you’ve watched the vampire movie Twilight, then you’ve seen Justin Chon. So what it’s like to be in one of the biggest movies in 2008 and then follow that up with a big role in a movie that has Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Harrison Ford acting along side of you? For Justin, he’s enjoying his Hollywood ride and more importantly, enjoying his craft. He sat down to chat about the movie Crossing Over and how his character effected him.
When you read the script for “Crossing Over,” what was most compelling about the story?
First of all, having a Korean story line is pretty rare with a film with big named actors. It was a full Korean story line that ended up in a movie in its entirety. In the original script it was pretty meaty. You just don’t see that story to much about a young Korean kid struggling through his adolescent times and it’s usually older and stereotypical stories. I thought it was very cool that they tried to humanize a Korean-American immigrant.
Were you personally effected by playing your character?
I was totally effected. I had to really get into the character with a Korean accent in the movie and my accent is pretty thick. It’s been 4 years since I moved to Korea and I have to go back to a time where someone says something to you and you take it personally. You’re trying to prove yourself. So going back to that time really effected me and there were some very heavy themes.
Can you relate in any way to your character?
Oh yeah. I grew up with these kind of kids but I was never really sympathetic and gave them a second thought. And playing the part, I felt real bad for not being nicer. My character is brought to America in Junior High and it’s difficult becuse you’re not the same ethnicity and it’s tough to deal with. I could totally relate and with any character I play; there are ways to connect to them.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
I feel like for the past few years, it’s been kinda like I gotta succeed or book the next thing. And recently, I feel like I’m enjoying it and having fun with it: not trying to meet expectations or wondering how I should act a certain part. I’m really enjoying acting because I’m more experimental and pushing boundaries. I’m really having fun with it and not making it a job. I just have freedom in my art.
Who are your inspirations?
In terms of actors, I’d say Mark Ruffalo, Crispin Glover, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Roth, and of course people like Johnny Depp. I really like the actors who are not so mainstream but beat the odds with their talent. It’s more about people who worked really hard. That’s who interests me.
Has it been difficult being an Asian-American actor?
Of course. I’m not going to lie. If anyone tells you something different then they’re lying. It’s amazingly difficult. You’re fighting for a few spots. When you go to the auditions, you see everybody: maybe it’s for a 25 year old part, and you see people from 18 to 40 years old auditioning. It’s really hard to get producers to believe in you to pull off a non-Asian role and take that risk. It’s starting to change a little bit.
Do you think America is more accepting of Asian-American actors in more prominent roles?
I would say that they give us a chance in prominent roles but not lead roles. They’re really capitalizing on Asian-American content i.e. Streetfighter, Dragonball. There’s a lot of Asian content being made, but they don’t always cast Asian people for the movies. It is a business and if their main guy doesn’t have a proven record for bringing in numbers then they don’t want to take that risk.
Do you know many of the other Asian actors?
We all know each other and we’re all friends. That’s kinda of a good thing about the Asian-American community: everyone knows each other and eveyrone’s friends and we support each other. No one is really trashing each other.
What has been the best experience so far on this ride?
The best part about the whole thing is sharing the experience with my family and friends. I went to a convention for “Twilight” in the UK and I got to take one of my friends and we also went to Italy. I was able to take my sister to the “Twilight” premiere. Also, having my dad and mom’s support is great. It’s more than just me experiencing things; it’s being able to share the experiences who are closest to me.
Have your parents been supportive?
Both my parents are artistic and my dad was an actor from 10 to 25 years old in South Korea. He even won awards in Korea. My parents are probably more critical of my work: he’s (dad) always critiquing. It’s cool that they can talk to me about my craft.
So what do you do when you’re not filming?
I own 2 shoe and clothing stores: the “Attic” in Buena Park and San Diego. They’re contemporary clothes and street wear. It’s stocked with local and unknown brands.
What’s your favorite korean food?
I luv gaktogee. I would just eat it without my food.
Thank Justin and good luck filming the next Twilight!
If you would like to celebrate the DVD release of CROSSING OVER, you can join Justin tonight (Monday), June 8th at 6:00 pm PST / 9:00 pm EST on StarCam! You can chat with Justin live and ask him the questions you want answered.
Robert Pattinson’s should get credit for attempting to speak Korean to promote Twilight. Though the movie was released over the winter, it’s a good prelude to our upcoming feature (interview) on Justin Chon who happens to be in Twilight. He’ll soon be off again to film Twilight 2.