It's time for Anthony Bourdain "Parts Unknown" - this week, he hangs in Koreatown LA with some..."bad Koreans."
Roy Choi is one of the two supporting characters tonight...he runs the Kogi trucks.
A look back at the LA riots in 1992. "For me, it was a 'holy sh*t I never saw that coming' moment," says Bourdain.
From Director of Photography Morgan Fallon: "When we started talking about shooting in LA we decided we really wanted to keep the show focused on the flatlands and strip malls of K-Town. So, we made some rules to try to make the most filmed city in the world look a little different: No beaches, No hills, No palm trees. Day one we realized that the last rule was ridiculous. The palm trees in LA look awesome. "
From Producer Diane Schutz: "LA was one of those shoots that I refer to as a "five-pounder" -- as in, I gained about five pounds during the week we were shooting there. We were constantly surrounded by all different types of delicious food -- and when you order extra food in order to shoot prep, or pickup shots -- well, we usually descend upon that like a herd of hungry vultures. Even when you'd just had dumplings or tacos an hour earlier. "
Like the night-driving? Recognize it? From DP Morgan Fallon: "We were trying to do something interesting to shoot the night driving sequence. I am a huge Michael Mann fan, and a former employee of his. We talked and agreed that we all liked the look of Collateral. That film had the most amazing shots of LA, and our F3's with the Ziess 1.2 Super Speeds, allowed us to get that same deep vista look of the city. I love the way the palms look at night against the glowing sky."
From producer/director Michael Steed: "We arranged to meet one of the trucks on a random corner in what felt like a remote part of LA- I forget the neighborhood. What I do remember my first thought when we arrived: this cannot be the right corner. We beat the truck and waited. There was no one on the sidewalk and traffic was pretty sparse. Then the truck pulled up...and out of no where so did the people. by the time we left there was probably 30 or more folks waiting in line or eating. Magical. "