Return to Seoul director Davy Chou on ‘cultures clashing’ in his hit movie, working with non-professional actors and being inspired by Tarantino, Scorsese

Cambodian-French director Davy Chou explains why his award-winning film about a Korean-born French adoptee reunited with her parents has links to his own life.

At a time when diversity and representation are at the forefront of mainstream cinema, Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou has come up with Return to Seoul, a probing, unpredictable exploration of identity and self-affirmation.

The film stars first-time actress Park Ji-min as a Korean adoptee, raised in France, who unexpectedly finds herself in the South Korean capital after her flight is diverted. On a whim, she attempts to track down her birth parents, and the decision irrevocably changes the lives of all concerned.

Since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022, Return to Seoul has won various international awards, and is nominated in six categories at next month’s Asian Film Awards, including best director for Chou, and best newcomer for Park.

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