Seoul Searching (2016)


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Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world--the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg--are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they're on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts--but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way.

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Justin Chon
as Sid Park
Jessika Van
as Grace Park
In-Pyo Cha
as Mr. Kim
Teo Yoo
as Klaus Kim
Esteban Ahn
as Sergio Kim

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The adolescents at the camp in "Seoul Searching," which takes place during the summer of 1983, fall a little too easily into stereotypes.

Jul 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Despite the overwrought stylization, the heart of "Seoul Searching" does ultimately emerge.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Seoul Searching" is unforgettable in how it boldly presents adolescence, specifically here from a minority's perspective, not just as a life passage, but a type of performance.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots.

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

While the humor is nothing new, the situations are.

Jun 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Lee's most accessible film yet looks poised to capitalize on enduring 80s nostalgia and a refreshingly appealing premise that could see the film crossing over from niche bookings to much broader appeal.

Jan 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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