559 Washington St
By Justin Chon
93 min | Narrative | Korean-American
Q&A with James J. Yi, Producer
Co-Presented by Independent Film Festival Boston, Northeastern University The Asian American Center and Roxbury International Film Festival
Eli and Daniel are two Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store and have an unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
About the Director
“Over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about diversity, but that’s all it has been, TALK. As an artist, I believe that my true contribution to the issue of diversity is to create films I feel are important to the Asian American narrative. So for the past few years, my mantra has been create, create, create.
2017 is the 25th year anniversary of LA riots. It has been 25 years since the verdict of the Rodney King trial was read and things haven’t gotten much better and in some ways, they have gotten worse. My father, Sang Chon, who plays Mr. Kim in the film, experienced the riots first hand. He had a store in Paramount, which was looted on the final day of the riots. I’m certain other films about the riots will be made, but I thought it was absolutely imperative that the Korean experience be told. Often times our struggle and loss during this event is not publicized and overlooked.
I feel it is my duty to honestly tell our story in a unique way and this is my contribution to what we Koreans experienced during those days in April 1992.” – Justin Chon