06-24 November 2019

HAPPY CLEANERS

HAPPY CLEANERS

American Indies
Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee

United States

2018 / 98’ / Hawaii Premiere / English
First feature

Kevin Choi (Yun Jeong) wants to move out of Flushing’s Koreatown and pursue his dream of running a food truck in L.A. His mother (Hyanghwa Lim) wants him to stay in school and study to become a doctor. His father (Charles Ryu) is fighting desperately to keep their faltering dry cleaning business. And his older sister Hyunny (Yeena Sung) is trying to maintain her fraught relationship with her boyfriend Danny (Donald Chang). Compelling, deeply personal, and reflective of the Korean American experience, this intergenerational ensemble drama written and directed by Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee breaks down the model minority myth and reveals the very real hardships Asian immigrant families like the Chois face every day. Each scene feels like a labor of love; and each tense or tender moment feels very much like a lived experience for both the cast and crew.
“Despite its multiple moments of drama, this is at heart a gentle film. Its bitter notes are sweetened by the lingering presence of the hope that underlies most migration” (EYE FOR FILM)

-Adrian Alarilla

Screenings
Sunday 10 20:30 - 22:28Regal Dole Cannery 18
Monday 11 12:45 - 14:40Regal Dole Cannery 18

Trailer

DirectorJulian Kim and Peter S. Lee.
CastCharles Ryu, Yun Jeong, Yeena Sung and Hyanghwa Lim.
ScreenplayJulian Kim, Peter S. Lee and Kat Kim.
CinematographerGordon Yu.
PrizeEmerging Filmmaker Award, Narrative Audience Award

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