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Seoul Searching (2015)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 15 December 2017 (USA)
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In 1986, a group of foreign born Korean teenagers attend a summer camp in South Korea.


Benson Lee


Benson Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chon ... Sid Park
Jessika Van ... Grace Park
In-Pyo Cha In-Pyo Cha ... Mr. Kim
Teo Yoo ... Klaus Kim
Esteban Ahn Esteban Ahn ... Sergio Kim
Rosalina Lee ... Kris Schultz (as Rosalina Leigh)
Albert Kong ... Mike Song
Heejun Han ... Chow
Crystal Kay ... Jamie
Nekhebet Kum Juch ... Jackie Im
Uatchet Jin Juch Uatchet Jin Juch ... Judy Im
Sue Son Sue Son ... Sara Han
Guyhwa Choi Guyhwa Choi ... Mr. Chae
Seong-guk Choi Seong-guk Choi ... Gangster Song
David Lee McInnis ... Sergeant Gallagher


During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for "gyopo" or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The program was eventually cancelled after a few years because the government simply could not control the youth. Seoul Searching is a teen comedy and coming of age film, based on a true story about one of the summer camps that took place in 1986. Written by Benson Lee

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance


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South Korea | China | USA


English | Korean | German

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »


Box Office


$2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,966, 19 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,654, 26 June 2016
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Three cast members residing in Canada, Italy and America were discovered on an open casting call on the film's Facebook page where thousands of actors sent their auditions to the site. Two other cast members: British violinist Sue Son and Spanish musician Esteban Ahn were discovered via their popular performances shown on Youtube. See more »


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An American-style wacky comedy full of distinctly Korean complexes
23 April 2018 | by benm-41751See all my reviews

Seoul Searching uses a trusty America formula for crude and silly comedies: a bunch of misfits are forced into a summer school where they start off misbehaving and end up sorting out their deep-seeded issues (especially parental resentment). But it takes place on a backdrop of Korean history, as the country transformed from a battle-bruised state bent on industriousness into a generation that's more welcoming to Western culture. It's filled with characters who have distinctly Korean complexes, takingon stereotypical "Breakfast Club" roles with the fun twist of being Korean kids who picked up their personalities as the ungrateful children of immigrants.

The movie is silly, over-the-top, full of tropes, and shoehorns drama in with little subtlety. Yet it manages to be very funny and full of heart. It'll be especially meaningful to anyone from a Korean background or who knows something about Korean culture.

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