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K-Town Cowboys: Because You Make Your Own Gigs Asian American Actors!

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K-Town Cowboys, KTown Cowboys, KTown movieDoes anyone remember that movie Diner with Kevin Bacon? I’d pitch this as a K-Town web series version of Diner. I found it trolling through YouTube searching for K-Town episode 3 and thought this was a reality show. It’s actually much better than a reality show. Written by talented stand up comedian Danny Cho, directed by Daniel “DPD” Park, and bringing together their posse of Korean American acting types, it’s a glimpse into the modern dating world of K-Town through the eyes of LA newbie John Kim, cast perfectly and played by Lanny Joon.

If you are hooked on K-Town, the reality show, this web series has similar themes like booking, Pok Tan Ju, and the multiple rounds of drinking known as il-cha, ee-cha, sam-cha, and sa-cha. Watch with caution. Very addicting. Make sure you have a free 90 minutes to view it all!

The Show

Ktown Cowboys came about in May 2009. Daniel “DPD” Park and Danny Cho were sitting and having a beer. They were reminiscing about their fun times in Koreatown (“Ktown”) Los Angeles when they were younger. Although both DPD and Danny had zero experience in making a movie, they set out to write a script about their glory days in Ktown. The idea was simple. Give the most realistic portrayal of Ktown ever done.

Once the writing process began, DPD and Danny quickly realized that instead of trying to go the traditional route (movie, theater distribution, etc.), they wanted as many people as possible to see their project. Hence, they decided to write a webisode series. By the end of October 2009, the writing for the webisode series was complete. However, writing the script was one thing but to actually go into production was another ordeal that DPD and Danny did not have any experience in. Fortunately, the Korean liquor company, Hite/Jinro agreed to give then $5000 to start production. With the money from Hite and one small fundraiser, DPD and Danny assembled the cast and crew and set off to finish Ktown Cowboys, which will eventually be re-cut into a feature length movie format.

Ktown Cowboys is a story about John Kim (Lanny Joon), a young Korean American from Richmond, Virginia, finds himself transplanted to Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Having been recently dumped by his girlfriend and with no immediate job prospects, Johnny is taken under the wing of his cousin Jason (Shane Yoon) and a motley crew of partyhoppers who are dedicated to having a good time. The cast includes Bobby Lee (MADtv), Justin Chon (Twilight), Danny Cho, Bobby Choy, Lanny Joon, Peter Jae, Sunn Wee and many more Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.


Reviews & Buzz:
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– examiner.com
– Angry Asian Man
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– Channel APA
– Angry Asian Man
– Peachies

When John Kim (Lanny Joon) relocates from the comforts of his picket-fence, WASP neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia to the alluring city of Ktown Los Angeles, the land of sultry women, Booking Clubs, and late night taco trucks, his arrival immediately sparks the most epic night of his life. His cousin, Jason (Shane Yoon) introduces John to his audacious crew (Peter Jae, Danny Cho, Sunn Wee, and Bobby Big Phony Choy) who teach John the basic yet inventive ways on how to survive the perfect Friday night in Ktown. Special appearances by Justin Chon (Twilight) and Bobby Lee (Mad TV).

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4 thoughts on “K-Town Cowboys: Because You Make Your Own Gigs Asian American Actors!”

  1. Mia, I am going to have to check this out. I already managed to get some of my friends hooked on K-Town reality show.

    Posted by Susan Miyabe – Sugimoto

    From my LinkedIn Group Asian American Leadership Network

  2. This is like a movie version of K-Town, the reality show. What I really like is how Asian American actors, finding Hollywood not receptive, just went out and made their own web series.

  3. I watched all 8 episodes of K-Town Cowboys. Rough around the edges, but it held my interest and showed me a side of the Korean youth community that I was not aware of. Its a sad sign of the Bamboo ceiling at work even in the movie industry as only acceptable Asian American movies are produced…the ones showing us in the old stereotypical roles. Perhaps if we see more Asian money coming to America investing in the movie industry (buying studios etc) we will see a change.

    Posted by Susan Miyabe – Sugimoto

    From My LinkedIin Group Asian American Leadership Network

  4. Yeah, it was the first time for the writer Danny Cho is a UCLA boy and stand up comedian. I think the director is also first time doing this. And they had an tiny budget. I’m impressed with what they came up with as a basically DIY web series turned movie. And I do think it showcases another side of Korean Americans and K-Town.

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