Coming Home Again
|Country:||USA, South Korea|
|Screenwriter:||Wayne Wang, Chang-rae Lee|
|Editor:||Deirdre Slevin, Ashley Pagan|
|Cast:||Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, John Lie|
|Production:||A CAAM Production, A Wong Chon Wang Film|
Based on a personal New Yorker essay by award-winning author Chag-rae Lee, Coming Home Again - the latest film by Wayne Wang - is a deeply touching drama exploring issues central to the family, cultural legacy and the unfathomable emotional bond connecting mother and son.
Chang-rae (Justin Chon) has left years ago to attend school and has lived ever since removed from his family, his roots seemingly forgotten, maybe even forsaken, but now that his mother is slowly dying of stomach cancer, he feels the urge to abandon his writing job and sophisticated New York life, to return to San Francisco to take care of her.
Memories, affection and communication for Chang-Rae, as it is often the case in Asian cultures, are deeply connected to food, so his unspoken words of love end up locked within the simple, precise gestures he makes while, following his mother's cherished recipes, he cooks Korean dishes for New Year’s – loving care being the secret ingredient which will reconcile him with guilt and the time forever lost.