‘Seoul Searching’ Director: ‘This Country is Half Made Up of Minorities, But Cinema Doesn’t Reflect That’

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A movie any gyopo can relate to.

Originally posted on Variety:

zergsprincess:

A movie any gyopo can relate to.

Originally posted on Variety:

Diversity stood front and center at Wednesday night’s premiere of Benson Lee‘s ensemble dramedy “Seoul Searching” at the Regal L.A. Live on the next-to-closing-night at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

“I was a huge fan of John Hughes and the ’80s except for the depiction of Asians,” he told the crowd. “This country is half made up of minorities but the cinema doesn’t reflect that.”

Lee noted that “Seoul” — the story of foreign-born Korean teens returning to a summer camp in their homeland — is the third film centered on Asian-Americans during the past two decades after 1993’s “Joy Luck Club” and 2002’s “Better Luck tomorrow.” It’s set in 1986, the same year that Lee attended such a camp.

The film debuted at Sundance in January — 17 years after Lee had first come up with the script — with a price tag of $2.2 million. “It’s not the kind of film that…

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