Davy Chou: ‘This exquisite character helped me to create something more faithful to the truth’

The writer/director of the magical Return to Seoul explains how he drew inspiration from a close friend to create his striking protagonist.

Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou creates an intimate, unpredictable character study in Return to Seoul, which documents a young woman’s journey to find her biological family in South Korea. Ji-Min Park gives an excellent performance as the headstrong and defiant Freddie – a character that’s close to Chou’s heart. He speaks to us about how the truth is stranger than fiction.

“The story of Return to Seoul comes from a friend of mine, and if not for what we experienced together in 2011, there would not be a film. I was 28 at the time and my very first feature length documentary, Golden Slumbers, was having its world premiere at a film festival in Korea. I was super excited to go to Korea, and then I received a phone call from a friend who I used to study with. At that time she would never talk about Korea – she had never been back there, and I didn’t talk about Cambodia as I’d never been there either. Strangely enough, at the age of 25 we both went to our countries of origin.

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