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

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

Adding a panel to the growing body of films about hidden desires and forbidden sexual awakening, this movie is set is a milieu that’s been little explored in movies before, the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

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.

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