By Asian Fusion Editorial Team
SEARCHING, a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, opened in select theaters this fall.
Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, SEARCHING stars John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold & Kumar”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Joseph Lee and Michelle La.
After David Kim (Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter Margot goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In this gripping hyper-modern thriller told via the technology we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.
The film is directed by Chaganty, whose short film “Google Glass: Seeds” was shot entirely on Google Glass and went viral in 2014. Following the film’s success, Chaganty accepted an invitation to join the Google Creative Lab and create more innovative short-form content. SEARCHING is Chaganty’s first feature film. The filmmakers (writer/director Chaganty, writer/producer Sev Ohanian, and veteran producer Timur Bekmambetov) used screen-based language to authentically depict the way we interact today and explore the reality of a modern parent/child relationship in the internet age. It is a big- screen thriller told in real time and in a way that feels strikingly familiar — these are the devices we all use, every single day. Thus far, audiences are embracing this crowd-pleasing film. Earlier this year, SEARCHING notably won the Audience Award at Sundance, along with two other awards.
SEARCHING is a Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films presentation in association with Bazelevs, a Timur Bekmambetov production.