Spa Night (2016)

Spa Night
Director: Andrew Ahn
Writer: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Joe SeoYoun Ho ChoHaerry KimTopher ParkJose A. SolorioIl AhnLinda HanHo Young Chung
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 10.6.2017

David (Joe Seo) comes from a traditional Korean-American family and he’s a good son, expected to work at the family restaurant and to attend college and make a better life for himself. But when they have to close the restaurant, their carefully laid dreams and plans fall apart. That circumstance gives David a little freedom, though, to make his own choices. Without his parents’ knowledge, he ditches his SAT course and gets a part-time job in a Korean spa where he discovers a thriving gay subculture that speaks to him.

Spa Night is an incredibly heavy film. It’s not the most pleasant experience to watch it, but it’s extremely good cinema.

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