Return to Seoul
Asian Diaspora On Screen

Return to Seoul

April 20, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Sex, lots of alcohol and a little bit of arms dealing separate this serrated tale of homecoming from its more conventional forebears.

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RETURN TO SEOUL | Official Trailer (2022)


Less of a homecoming and more of a drive-by, twentysomething Freddie's (Park Ji-Min) visit to her birth country, after being adopted and raised in France, isn't the sentimental sojourn one might expect. The film's original title All the People I'll Never Be better encapsulates the combustible mix of identities that compel Freddie to look backwards while propelling her story forward. Covering a span of eight years and a slew of different selves, all diversely and uniquely Freddie, Return to Seoul is as much about uprooting and transplanting as it is about reconnecting to a particular plot of land.

D: Davy Chou, Cambodia, 2023, 1h57m

Programmed as part of the Asian Diaspora on Screen series in collaboration with the Dartmouth Asian American Studies Collective (DAASC).

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“A startling and uneasy wonder, a film that feels like a beautiful sketch of a tornado headed directly toward your house.”

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