Ms. Purple

Critics Consensus

A finely layered drama with rich visal allure, Ms. Purple sifts sensitively through the emotional wreckage of a broken family.

88%

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Total Count: 34

74%

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User Ratings: 43
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From award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (GOOK, 2017), MS. PURPLE is a poignant drama about Asian American sister and brother, Kasie (Tiffany Chu) and Carey (Teddy Lee), who were raised and are now seemingly stuck in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the siblings continue to struggle with deep emotional wounds from the difficulty of the parental dynamic. Now, with their father on his death bed, the estranged Carey comes home to help Kasie care for him. As they reunite over their dying father, Kasie and Carey confront their shared past, attempting to mend their relationship.

Cast

Teddy Lee
as Carey
James Kang
as Young-Il
Alfredo Tavares
as Quinceanera Party Attendee
Tania Verafield
as Hospice Care Administrator
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (4)

  • Carey and Kasie have suppressed most outward signs of emotion. But Chu and Lee show the emotion roiling beneath the surface...

    Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A moody, downbeat drama soaked in color and saturated with sadness.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Together, these various shades of misery swirl together to create a beautiful portrait of a fractured but resilient family.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andee Tagle

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • Each layer is so beautifully, subtly explored, you can get lost in the characters' emotions or just be swept away by Ante Cheng's cinematography, which graciously soaks in the street and neons light of Los Angeles.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Even with an ostensibly more delicate scenario than a community literally ablaze, Chon's eagerness to treat emotions like ready-made fires gets in the way of the intended weight and textured beauty of his drama.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chon creates a layered aural and visual landscape for the characters, who are simultaneously grieving the past and the future, their present an almost uncanny hallucinatory state.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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