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101 Secrets



United States, 2013, mini dv - 94

DIRECTED BY:
tophy cho

SCREENPLAY:
tophy cho

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A Buddhist hobo's obsession with a video game leads him on a journey to fix his karma, save a princess, and fight the devil (A.K.A. Mr. Wonderful). Yet the harder he tries to be a hero, the darker his path becomes.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

The son of a Korean preacher, Tophy Cho studied film at the San Francisco Art Institute. Before graduating, Cho put aside his studies to work on his mini-DV labor of love, "Good Movie." A combination of auto-documentary and comic recreation, "Good Movie" took three years and $200 to make. With one screening, Cho found the funding he needed for his next project; "A Ripple in the World" was shot on HD digital cameras and for just under a budget of $12,000. It premiered at the 2007 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Before Cho began his studies in cinema, he attended private Christian schools in North Texas where, as a teenager, his focus was theology, though his true passion was comic books. When his family pressured him into ministry, Cho left for San Francisco where he would learn to redefine himself as an artist and to discover film as his medium. Tophy Cho now resides in Texas and considers himself an Asian Cowboy. He lives with and works for his grandparents at a convenient store, which the neighborhood calls "Ghetto Mart". Apart from cinema, Tophy loves listening to Country music, Kpop, and motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins.

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