Directed by Benson Lee
Based on Korean American filmmaker Benson Lee’s own experience as a teenager, SEOUL SEARCHING is a stunning new feature chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of Korean teens — from around the globe — who are enrolled in a government-sponsored summer program. Set in the 1980s, this John Hughes-inspired dramedy delivers a pitch-perfect tale of teenage angst, modernized with a stellar Asian and Asian American cast.
It’s nostalgia at its best with a dazzling all-star ’80s soundtrack and painfully accurate costumes. Beyond the puffy pink prom dresses and oversized blazers, what shines is the journeys these characters go through: from an adopted daughter reconnecting with her biological mother to a professor haunted by past mistakes, Lee masterfully captures the many collective stories of the Asian diaspora. Director Benson Lee is no stranger to CAAMFest, his previous film, PLANET B-BOY, won two awards at CAAMFest 2008: Best Documentary and Audience Award. With many cast and crew in attendance, the Castro Theatre will be buzzing with this attitude-infused crowd pleasure. Like totally.
— Masashi Niwano
Expected Guests in Attendance: Benson Lee (Director), Justin Chon (Cast), Esteban Ahn (Cast), Teo Yoo (Cast), Jessika Van (Cast), In-Pyo Cha (Cast), Heejun Han (Cast)
Preceded by: Seoul Searching