Writer/director Nelson Kim interviewed at Hyphen Magazine
Someone Else wins Best Feature Narrative and Best Director Awards at Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival
Someone Else wins Audience Award and is nominated for Best Feature Narrative Award at DisOrient Asian American Film Festival
[A] tense, unexpectedly moving psychological study of a man's unraveling... Someone Else [pivots] into a psychologically complex register as the story twists back on itself and takes off in surprising and tragic directions. Kim keeps a firm hand on the fast-moving proceedings as his cast nimbly and impressively walks the narrative tightrope he's laid out for them.
—Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
It’s a movie that ultimately forces you to think on your feet, to re-examine your assumptions about the story... [W]riter/director Nelson Kim likely knows this milieu intimately, and handles the varying emotions—intense psychodrama to sweetly genteel romance—with aplomb, displaying a skillful feel for intimate moments, and his copious use of closeups quickly draws us in, before delivering a bracing splash of cold water into our faces.
—Terrence Butcher interviews Nelson Kim for PopMatters
Something happens in this movie that's really clever... This is a really sharp, very good little movie, with some excellent, excellent performances, particularly from young Mr. Yoo... an outstanding actor... You think it's going to be a romance, and then it shifts over to [being like a] thriller, and then it becomes this very surreal, almost ghost story.
—Tim Cogshell on FilmWeek, March 31, 2016, KPCC 89.3, Southern California Public Radio
Writer/director Nelson Kim featured on the blog Angry Asian Man
With his debut feature film, writer/director Nelson Kim has crafted a unique take [on] a familiar story with several twists and turns that add a different perspective as the plot progresses. There is a tremendous amount of tension especially between Jamie and Will… Best known for his supporting roles in such films as “Disturbia” and “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” Aaron Yoo is outstanding in “Someone Else”... Leonardo Nam delivers an equally impressive performance as his cousin.
—Steve Mesa, Examiner.com
The story is simple on paper, but as the plot unfolds there are clues that something is amiss, until the film reaches its extraordinary conclusion. Aaron Yoo (“Disturbia,” “21”) is a complete surprise... his best performance to date… “Someone Else” makes a strong impression on the viewer. You can discuss it for days and still not reach a clear conclusion about it. Cinema with more questions than answers is what we seek; of the other kind, we have enough.
—Ruben Peralta Rigaud, Cocalecas.net (translated from the Spanish)
[A] psychedelic drama which fumes with Lynchian atmosphere… [The film] makes you feel the wind of change is around the corner.
—Taiyo Okamoto interviews Nelson Kim and Aaron Yoo for COOL-NY
[A] nimble and smartly designed independent production… [A] highly intriguing debut that announces Kim as a sharp writer-director with some fresh approaches to examining Korean American masculinity.
—John Berra, VCinema