7 episodes

A fiction show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.

MOONFACE James Kim

    • Fiction
    • 4.7 • 867 Ratings

A fiction show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.

    Introducing: Magnificent Jerk with Maya Sugarman

    Introducing: Magnificent Jerk with Maya Sugarman

    Maya Sugarman joins James Kim to talk about their new podcast, Magnificent Jerk, from Apple TV+ and Pineapple Street Studios.



    The documentary series follows Maya on a journey to discover who her uncle really was. Starting with a box of his forgotten screenplays, the series sees her discovering that he was a member of a Chinese gang who went to jail before turning his life story into the Crazy Six screenplay (albeit with a few twists).

    • 25 min
    EP. 6: Ending

    EP. 6: Ending

    This is where the story ends. 



    MOONFACE is created, directed, and written by James Kim. The writers includes Mary Knauf, Daniel Lamphear, Julian Park, Shay Martin, and Tricia Tongco. Marketing by Meggan Ellingboe. Podcast Artwork by Chava Sanchez. Sound Design by Artin Aroutounians. Engineering and Original Score by Andrew Eapen with music from his band Oyster Kids. 

    The end credits song is “Nililiya” by Joyce Kwon.



    CAST:

    Joel Kim Booster......PAUL

    Esther Moon......GINA

    Mildred Marie Langford......SHAYLA

    Remy Ortiz......DANNY

    Todd Masterson......RYAN

    Taylor Coffman......STEPHANIE

    Naomi Ko......ZO

    Casey O'Brien......WARREN

    Vivian Yoon......CLAIRE

    James Bak......PAUL'S DAD

    Chris Yejin......GINA'S MOM



    Other actors in this episode include Joe Kim, Tricia Tongco, and Oscar Cha. 



    Special Thanks to ViJay Singh, Andrew Ahn, Andy Chavez, Brooke Iskra, Elyssa Dudley, Alyssa Jeong Perry, and Joe Kim.

    • 22 min
    EP. 5: Breathing

    EP. 5: Breathing

    Paul takes a deep breath. 



    MOONFACE is created, directed, and written by James Kim. The writers include Mary Knauf, Daniel Lamphear, Julian Park, Shay Martin, and Tricia Tongco. Marketing by Meggan Ellingboe. Podcast Artwork by Chava Sanchez. Sound Design by Artin Aroutounians. Engineering and Original Score by Andrew Eapen. 

    The end credits song is “Paul” by Big Thief.



    CAST:

    Joel Kim Booster......PAUL

    Esther Moon......GINA

    Todd Masterson......RYAN

    Taylor Coffman......STEPHANIE

    Naomi Ko......ZO

    Casey O'Brien......WARREN

    Kristina Gerber......SERVER

    Vivian Yoon......CLAIRE



    Special Thanks to ViJay Singh, Andrew Ahn, Andy Chavez, Brooke Iskra, Elyssa Dudley, Alyssa Jeong Perry, and Joe Kim.

    • 21 min
    EP. 4: Dancing

    EP. 4: Dancing

    Paul goes dancing. 



    MOONFACE is created, directed, and written by James Kim. The writers include Mary Knauf, Daniel Lamphear, Julian Park, Shay Martin, and Tricia Tongco. Marketing by Meggan Ellingboe. Podcast Artwork by Chava Sanchez. Sound Design by Artin Aroutounians. Engineering and Original Score by Andrew Eapen with music from his band Oyster Kids. 

    The song "Gou Talk" by Peggy Gou is featured in the club scene. 

    The end credits song is “BAGS” by Clairo.



    CAST:

    Joel Kim Booster......PAUL

    Esther Moon......GINA

    Mildred Marie Langford......SHAYLA

    Remy Ortiz......DANNY

    Todd Masterson......RYAN

    Taylor Coffman......STEPHANIE

    Naomi Ko......ZO

    Casey O'Brien......WARREN

    Taeho K......YOUNG PAUL

    Jeanne Heo......MS KIM

    Brian Lee......KEVIN

    Vivian Yoon......CLAIRE



    Special Thanks to ViJay Singh, Andrew Ahn, Andy Chavez, Brooke Iskra, Elyssa Dudley, Alyssa Jeong Perry, and Joe Kim.

    • 24 min
    EP. 3: Eating

    EP. 3: Eating

    Paul goes to a dinner. 



    MOONFACE is created, directed, and written by James Kim. The writers include Mary Knauf, Daniel Lamphear, Julian Park, Shay Martin, and Tricia Tongco. Marketing by Meggan Ellingboe. Podcast Artwork by Chava Sanchez. Sound Design by Artin Aroutounians. Engineering and Original Score by Andrew Eapen with music from his band Oyster Kids. 

    The end credits song is “HEART IN YOUR HEARTBREAK” by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.



    CAST:

    Joel Kim Booster......PAUL

    Esther Moon......GINA

    Mildred Marie Langford......SHAYLA

    Remy Ortiz......DANNY

    Todd Masterson......RYAN

    Taylor Coffman......STEPHANIE

    Naomi Ko......ZO

    Casey O'Brien......WARREN

    Taeho K......YOUNG PAUL

    James Bak......PAUL'S DAD

    Brooke Iskra......STUDENT

    Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield......JACKIE



    Special Thanks to ViJay Singh, Andrew Ahn, Andy Chavez, Brooke Iskra, Elyssa Dudley, Alyssa Jeong Perry, and Joe Kim.

    • 26 min
    EP. 2: Running

    EP. 2: Running

    Paul goes to the river bed. 



    MOONFACE is created, directed, and written by James Kim. The writers include Mary Knauf, Daniel Lamphear, Julian Park, Shay Martin, and Tricia Tongco. Marketing by Meggan Ellingboe. Podcast Artwork by Chava Sanchez. Sound Design by Artin Aroutounians. Engineering and Original Score by Andrew Eapen. 

    The end credits song is "I DON'T CARE" by 박혜진 Park Hye Jin.



    CAST: 

    Joel Kim Booster......PAUL 

    Esther Moon......GINA 

    Mildred Marie Langford......SHAYLA 

    Remy Ortiz......DANNY

    Todd Masterson......RYAN

    Taeho K......YOUNG PAUL

    Taylor Coffman......STEPHANIE



    Other actors in this episode include Becca Murray, Finnegan Forsyeth, Mary Knauf, and Ava Reas. 



    Special Thanks to ViJay Singh, Andrew Ahn, Andy Chavez, Brooke Iskra, Elyssa Dudley, Alyssa Jeong Perry, and Joe Kim.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
867 Ratings

867 Ratings

A3LL3N80G3N ,

So Lucky To Have Found This

Wow! Truly such a special project. This will easily be the gold standard I look for when exploring this medium.

2019 ? ,

Life Changing

Genuinely I am not the same person after this series. It introduced me to my favorite album+song of all time (Haenim, Kim Jung Mi’s Now), the characters still stick with me after a few years (particularly Ester Moon’s character), and it masterfully tells a compelling story in only six episodes, but also makes it feel like that’s all it needed. If you’re on a long, lonely trip, have work to buckle down on, or you just want a podcast that sticks with you, give Moonface a listen.

natacatatat ,

Still thinking about it now

Listened to this in 2019 and I’m still here in 2021 trying to find a podcast that is as immersive and interesting as this one.

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