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Spa Night (2016)

Unrated | | Drama | 2 November 2017 (South Korea)
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A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.

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Andrew Ahn

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Andrew Ahn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Seo ... David Cho
Youn Ho Cho Youn Ho Cho ... Jin Cho
Haerry Kim ... Soyoung Cho
Topher Park ... Young Korean Man (as Christopher Park)
Jose A. Solorio ... Luis
Il Ahn Il Ahn ... Mr. Shim
Linda Han Linda Han ... Mrs. Baek
Yong Kim ... Academy Director
Tae Song Tae Song ... Eddie Baek
Angie Kim ... Esther Kang
Kahyun Kim ... Grace
Janice Pak Janice Pak ... Stella
Jay Kwon ... Peter (as Eric Jeong)
Chris Yejin ... Korean Counter Woman
Sun Park ... Mrs. Kim
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Los Angeles' Korean spas serve as meeting place and bridge between past and future for generations of immigrant families; Spa Night explores one Korean-American family's dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment, and sense of tradition. Written by Spa Night Movie

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Country:

USA

Language:

Korean | English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 November 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Ночь в СПА See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,056, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,578, 2 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Director Andrew Ahn's favorite scene is the golf range car scene between David and his father. See more »

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Yet another coming-out story but with a Korean flavor
17 May 2018 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

David is a second-generation gay Korean-American only child. His parents are not successful though they have been hardworking. Davids of college age but not really college material and David is feeling those pressures plus the growing realization that he's gay.

When his parents lose their restaurant David secretly takes a job to help his struggling parents and if it's in a men's sauna, well at least he can begin to study his other concern...

The story is interesting but the cultural differences made some parts a bit tough to understand for this entirely occidental viewer. While I was interested in David's dilemma, the unresolved nature of the ending was a bit unsatisfying.


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