By Tess Hofmann | The Playlist February 26, 2013 at 6:34PM
Jamie Chung-starring “Eden,” the based-on-a-true-story drama about a Korean-American girl kidnapped and held in sex slavery for two years and 2012 SXSW Audience Award winner has just dropped its first trailer. While the film supposedly revolves around Chung’s manipulation of her captors and rise to power in the trafficking underworld leading to her eventual escape, the trailer leaves the plot details relatively hazy and instead provides provocative snapshots of her abduction, her introduction into a warehouse where prostitutes are kept like cattle, and her transformation into a pistol-aiming intimidator -- explanation (apparently) unnecessary. Some of us have already seen the film and concluded that it delivers everything a thrill-seeking, human rights-concerned moviegoer could hope for.
"Eden" comes from director Megan Griffiths, whose best-known project is “The Off Hours,” a drama showcased in the NEXT category at Sundance in 2011. Chung will be familiar to many from various roles in “Sucker Punch,” “The Hangover Part II,” “The Man With The Iron Fists,” and “Premium Rush,” though she originally came to public attention as a cast member of “The Real World: San Diego.” With this LCD background and the type of infallible good looks that might cause some people to write her off as a Barbie doll, Chung hasn’t been cast in many weighty dramatic roles yet, but her performance here looks to be an impressive turn. Beau Bridges and Scoot McNairy also star.
The source material comes from the tragic true-life events that befell Texas woman Chong Kim in the mid-90s. Kim, who was 18 at the time of her kidnapping and was held for two years, is now an anti-trafficking and sexual abuse activist. "Eden" opens in limited release March 20th. Check out the trailer to see what the buzz is about. [FirstShowing]