Seoul Searching | Chicago Reader

Seoul Searching

In Seoul Searching (Fri 4/1, 7:45 PM), writer-director Benson Lee revisits his experience in the mid-1980s when, as a Korean-American teenager, he was sent to an annual summer camp in the title city to reconnect with his roots. Sort of a reverse melting pot, the camp pulls in second-generation expatriate kids from not only the U.S. but also Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the UK. Lee (who will attend the screening) has hit on a witty conceit for this cross-cultural gathering of kids: John Hughes's The Breakfast Club. All the social types are here—a sultry Madonna clone, a rebellious punk rocker, a rigid ROTC cadet, a scowling tomboy—and for the most part the action consists of the boys trying to score with the girls and everyone trying to score liquor. ("While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not," Lee notes drily in his IMDb summary of the movie.) Accompanying all this is a selection of 80s pop tunes from some forgotten Time Life collection ("Should I Stay or Should I Go," "I Want Candy," "I Melt With You," etc). Continue reading >>


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