Directed by Andrew Ahn
“Steamy” might seem like a stereotypical word to describe this hot, hot drama but it’s also fittingly apt. David Cho, a second-generation Korean-American living in Los Angeles, is a quiet and devoted son who works in his parent’s restaurant and, following tradition, accompanies them to the Korean spa for steam baths and scrubs. When his parents are forced to close their restaurant, they become more focused on their dreams of a prosperous future for David. But David has other ideas and wants to make money his own way. When he takes a night job at the spa, he suddenly discovers another side to it and becomes immersed in a sea of covert sexual thrills and indulges in a variety of gay illicit hookups, his erotic fantasies eclipsed by the reality of the nocturnal environment of the spa. Now, David must reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires. Andrew Ahn’s directorial debut, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, SPA NIGHT skillfully presents an honest depiction and fresh perspective of the Korean-American experience and features strong, complex performances.