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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Korean | English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 November 2017 (South Korea) 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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When director Andrew Ahn originally proposed the film on Kickstarter, he called it a "coming out" film. However, after the editing process, it eventually became a film about family. See more »

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Slow, limited dialogue and lacking in editing
15 December 2016 | by manuelasaezSee all my reviews

I have seen quite a few LGBT films, and while many are very poorly done and have been cheesier than I care to admit, this film is somewhat more impressive in that nothing much happens, at least nothing that hasn't been done in other films. The movie is SLOW, and deals with the family drama of losing a business, and having a closeted son in the Asian culture over actually being a "gay" movie. This film does plenty of things right; the acting is superb, the use of language is handled in a very interesting way (it's great seeing Korean actors speaking Spanish), and a lot of the cinematography was top notch. But for a lot of the film, nothing much happens. They eat, he "studies", they drink, they eat, they fight, etc. But not much is really shown about being gay. It's really a story about a young boy figuring himself out, not having any life experience, and making the most out of a very difficult situation.

Overall, this film kept my interest to the end, but I would not recommend it to anyone, least of all anyone looking for a real insight into the closeted Asian mindset. If anything, it is an exercise in restraint, and aside from some very tame sex scenes, it really could have been a made for TV film. It also ends abruptly, and you never really get any closure. I was just not happy with the final product. For a directorial debut, it could use with a better editor and some punch-ups in the writing department. That being said, this is simply an average film that could have been something much more if they didn't restrain themselves so much. It's almost like everyone involved had no real idea what it's like to be gay in Los Angeles, which is unfortunate.

A note to the creative team; This is an adult film. Start treating your audience like adults.


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