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During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for "gyopo" or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The program was eventually cancelled after a few years because the government simply could not control the youth. Seoul Searching is a teen comedy and coming of age film, based on a true story about one of the summer camps that took place in 1986.Written by
An American-style wacky comedy full of distinctly Korean complexes
Seoul Searching uses a trusty America formula for crude and silly comedies: a bunch of misfits are forced into a summer school where they start off misbehaving and end up sorting out their deep-seeded issues (especially parental resentment). But it takes place on a backdrop of Korean history, as the country transformed from a battle-bruised state bent on industriousness into a generation that's more welcoming to Western culture. It's filled with characters who have distinctly Korean complexes, takingon stereotypical "Breakfast Club" roles with the fun twist of being Korean kids who picked up their personalities as the ungrateful children of immigrants.
The movie is silly, over-the-top, full of tropes, and shoehorns drama in with little subtlety. Yet it manages to be very funny and full of heart. It'll be especially meaningful to anyone from a Korean background or who knows something about Korean culture.
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