“Spa Night” Director Andrew Ahn Reveals A Secret World of Gay Hookups

"We're maybe going to have a little controversy from the Korean-American community."

Andrew Ahn’s debut film, Spa Night, debuted at Sundance last month, centering on a immigrant Korean family in San Francisco struggling to assimilate while still respecting the traditions of their homeland.

Son David (Joe Seo) takes a job in a Korean spa to help makes ends meet, but discovers a hidden world of gay sex, which he finds terrifying but thrilling.

Spa Night has received rave reviews for its subtle storytelling and compelling performances. The film started with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $62,915. “It was something I really wanted to tell, because it’s a personal story,” said the out writer-director. “It’s something that I feel strongly about. I’m thinking a lot about a gay and Korean-American identity, what does it mean to be both these people?”

“This film is breaking some boundaries,” he adds. “And we’re maybe going to have a little controversy from the Korean-American community because homosexuality isn’t talked about a lot. That’s also why I really knew I had to make this film—it had a meaningfulness to the community.”

Below Ahn and Seo discuss Spa Night with The Wrap.

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