Hollywood eventually came calling. Kim was approached by various writers and producers who wanted to adapt her story, frequently inserting male characters in savior roles.
“They wanted to keep the Asian girl,” Kim recounts, “but have someone like Russell Crowe or Johnny Depp to play an undercover cop or a customer and go after these people, and he meets Eden and he’s so captivated. First of all, I never had a love story like that …” Kim begins.
Chung chimes in, “I love how men love to romanticize being a customer and then falling in love and rescuing the girl. It’s like, that shit never happens. Noble guys don’t go to brothels.”
An excerpt from KoreAM magazine’s interview of Chong Kim and actress Jamie Chung.Jamie Chung stars in “Eden,” a film based on Chong Kim’s experiences as an Asian American teen who was sold into a sex ring. When Hollywood grew attracted to Kim’s true story, producers wanted to insert a white male savior figure.
Thankfully, “Eden” was made independently with a meaty role for an Asian American actress still intact. The film has earned accolades at SXSW and has found international distribution…but has not managed to find a movie studio to support distributing it in the United States.