Spa Night (2016)
November 18, 2022 2:10 PM - Subscribe

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. Trailer.
posted by johnofjack (2 comments total)
 
I had never heard of this movie but this post made me add it to my Kanopy watch list! Will report back when I have actually watched :)
posted by sigmagalator at 12:17 PM on November 21, 2022


I watched it! I thought it was understated and really pretty good. It was fun to see parts of Los Angeles that I know which rarely make it into films, especially in the context of regular people just trying to get by. The bilingual Korean/Spanish conversation early on was a great scene of something that's very real to LA and Ktown but somehow doesn't get represented on screen hardly ever. And I can't speak to the male experience, nor having immigrant parents, but I was an introvert who discovered I was gay post high school and was still a little afraid of how my religious parents would react, and David really managed to channel similar moments to things I experienced without ever speaking directly about it. I read on Wikipedia that the lead actor won an award for breakthrough performance at Sundance - I see why, though as I think about it, the actress who played David's mom also really carried the story forward.

Finally, that ending was painfully unresolved, but I don't think it could have been any other way. I think the director set out to do a specific thing in a small package and really nailed it.
posted by sigmagalator at 11:44 PM on January 2


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