Jonathan Lim is the director and producer of “Pali Road,” a film featured on the X1 Asian American destination this July in the ‘Best of APA Cinema’ collection. We had the chance to ask Jonathan what inspired his filmmaking journey and how his Asian American background influences his work.
Tell us about your film featured on X1 this month!
Jonathan Lim: Having made all my previous films in China, I was intrigued and motivated to develop a story that could bridge both Western and Eastern cultures. When exploring the rich history, culture and mysticism of Hawaii, it began to feel like this was the perfect place to have that type of film take place.
Hawaii is both east and west. Driving through Honolulu and then being told the legend of “Pali Road” inspired me to develop this mystery romantic thriller. “Pali Road” is about a girl who is struggling with her life decisions and tragically ends up in a deadly accident. When she wakes up she finds herself in an entirely new world. It’s not till the end that we reveal the mystery behind her new world.
How did you get into filmmaking?
JL: I started off exploring filmmaking with some short courses and eventually ended up in the Beijing Film Academy for a year. For my final short film project, I ended up making a full-length feature film instead. The film was about a teenage kid with big basketball dreams but is getting bullied by the captain of their high school basketball team. The film ended up getting acquired by Sony Pictures and China Film Group.
What are some films and/or filmmakers that have inspired you?