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West 32nd

Magazine article Filmmaker

West 32nd

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Michael Kang follows his first feature The Motel with West 32nd, a New York noir about a young lawyer tangling with gang society on a homicide case in Manhattan's Koreatown. "It's a 180 from The Motel - there's not much sentiment," says Kang. "It's a throwback to the New York crime dramas of the '70s I loved, like Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, set in a microcosm with a structure and a system rooted to Korea that's completely different from the Chinese triad version we're used to seeing onscreen." John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Grace Park (Battlestar Gallactica) are the big names in a cast that also includes Korean stars Kim Jun Sung and Jeong Jun-Ho. Kang wrote the screenplay with former Village Voice reporter Edmund Lee. "[Ed] interviewed me, and while I was ruminating about doing a crime drama he told me about a piece he was doing on a Korean gangster. We have a similar sensibility, so we sat down at the computer and started banging it out."

Kang got his undergrad degree in dramatic writing from NYU in 1993 and his first feature experience directing second unit for Wayne Wang on Because of Winn-Dixie. The Motel, a 2005 Sundance festival selection, was released by Palm Pictures in 2006 and nominated for a Best First Feature Spirit Award this year. …

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