Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, July 4:
SAVE MY SEOUL
Jason Y Lee
LA Asian Pacific 2017
Asian American fests in New York and Silicon Valley
Korean-American filmmaking brothers investigate the illegal but condoned culture of prostitution in Korea.
While visiting Korea, brothers Jason and Eddie naively begin an undercover investigation, using hidden cameras and sound recording equipment while they visit the red light district. Interviews with police about how brothels are able to operate yield only evasive answers, but when the Lees convince former working girls Crystal and Esther to speak on camera, they learn details about their negative experiences, later bolstered by access to a working pimp who defends his profession. Supplementing these compelling figures are frequent and superfluous vox pops with ordinary Korean citizens, which drag out the proceedings for what is a well-intentioned but often clumsy project that would have benefited from the overzealous filmmakers not including themselves on camera.