Spa Night (2016): Coming Out in Los Angeles Koreatown (LGBTQ, Gay, Koreatown)

Director Andrew Hahn makes a feature debut with Spa Night, his erotically charged, sharply observed coming-out tale.

Spa Night was the winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival.

David Cho, played by the handsome newcomer Joe Seo in a breakthrough performance, is a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015).

Things change when he accidentally encounters a secret cruising place. Taking a job at an all-male spa, he begins to express his previously latent erotic yearnings that contradict the norms of his cultural context and threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.

Strand Releasing

Running time: 93 Minutes

In Korean and English