Spa Night


Spa Night (2016)


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The atmospheric SPA NIGHT is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles' Koreatown. David Cho (Joe Seo in a breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.

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Joe Seo
as David
Haerry Kim
as Soyoung
Tae Song
as Eddie Baek
Ho Young Chung
as Spa Manager
Linda Han
as Mrs. Baek
Sun Park
as Mrs. Kim
Janice Pak
as Stella
Angie Kim
as Esther Kang
Chris Yejin
as Korean Counter Woman
Yong Kim
as Academy Director
Keira Kim
as Mrs. Im
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Although Seo and Ahn are able to tap into David's confusion and agony -- especially when filtered through the lens of his damningly hopeful parents -- there's never much more to David (or his story) than that.

Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Writer-director Andrew Ahn has made a confident, assured, low-key debut that's a textbook example of how to make a compelling small-budget movie.

Sep 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The assured feature debut by Andrew Ahn is also the story of a young gay man's sexual awakening, and its sensitive lead performance affectingly expresses the tension between tradition and personal identity.

Aug 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Even with its flaws, Spa Night is an extremely personal film. We need more of those.

Aug 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It would be easy to categorize this cool, exquisitely observant first feature by the Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn as a gay movie. But it is much more.

Aug 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Together, Ahn and cinematographer Ki Jin Kim approach moments of sensuality subtly, as the camera languidly wades into the steamy saunas and the monochromatic showers where David's interest in the unknown begins to percolate.

Aug 18, 2016 | Full Review…
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