Monsoon

Director: Hong Khaou
2019 | UK | 86m
GENRE: Black/African American | Drama | Gay | Romance | South East Asian
SECTION: Famous Faces | World Cinema
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director Hong Khaou and actor Henry Golding.

When Kit (Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding) returns to his native Saigon for the first time since his family fled during the Vietnam-American War, he unwittingly finds himself embarking on a personal journey to understand his true roots. No longer able to speak his native tongue, Kit searches this unfamiliar land for a proper place to scatter his parents’ ashes, while also reconnecting with estranged family members and striking up a budding romance with handsome ex-pat Lewis, potently played by Parker Sawyers (best known for BBC’s World on Fire and for playing Barack Obama in Southside with You).

Tenderly evocative and with gorgeous cinematography, Monsoon is the long-awaited sophomore feature from Cambodian-born British filmmaker Hong Khaou (Lilting, Frameline38). Khaou paints a deeply intimate exploration of displacement and the rootless experience of immigration, informed by the director’s own background, which found his family relocating as political refugees to the United Kingdom in the 1980s. As Kit, Henry Golding further showcases his effortlessly charming star power, commanding the screen with a delicate vigor.

— CINDY LOU PEEPLES

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 8:30pm Tuesday, September 22 followed by the Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
Eye Gotcha Optometric

CO-PRESENTED BY
Center for Asian American Media, Viet Rainbow of Orange County

  • Language: In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles