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Spa Night (2016)

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Critic Consensus: In depicting one man's sexual awakening, Spa Night explores the tension between tradition and individuality with tenderness and compassion.

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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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Cast

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 (25) | Top Critics (14)

[It] takes its time letting his desires to build up, reminding us that this is more than a coming-out coming-of-age story as it alternates and intermixes the struggles of immigrant life, and the particular condemnations of nontraditional masculinity.

March 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

January 2, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

September 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.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

There's even a sense that not enough happens but the repression-a lot of glancing, no touching-feels right with the tone, and especially within the cultural context, of the film.

August 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

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

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