Alex Yarde has the scoop on one of the funniest Korean Rom Coms he’s ever seen!
I’m a huge consumer of Asian cinema of all genres. My personal tastes have expanded far beyond the Martial costumed epics that I and many of my contemporaries were indoctrinated by. Pan Asian romantic comedies are currently a staple of mine and the extremely funny and timely film Wedding Palace, which The Village Voice accurately called “My Big Fat Korean Weeding,” is a gem. On the heels of its US theatrical run, Wedding Palace has been released by Gravitas Ventures throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Japan and is now available on iTunes, VOD & at the Wedding Palace Official Website. (Which I suggest you download immediately) To celebrate, Wedding Palace is hosting a month long (Feb.14-March 14th) social media event to promote fun, Korean food, and romance for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Wedding Palace is the first American / Korean Co-Production. Director Christine Yoo and Executive Producer & Film Editor Derek Draper plus USC Film Professor/Co-Writer Robert Gardner who are African American, showcase not only “Blasian” film efforts but the encouraging trend of women and people of color in senior film production levels that continues to grow in the independent film industry that is currently outpacing that of Hollywood.
Winner of Best Independent Film, Best Cinematography and over $100,000 in prizes at the Cinegear Film Series International Competition, the film stars Hye-Jung Kang (“Oldboy”), wife of K-pop star Tablo in her first English language film. Top critics agree the ensemble cast, led by Brian Tee (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Bobby Lee (“Mad TV”) and Margaret Cho are “endearingly over the top” (Village Voice). The New York Times hails the film’s leads, saying “Tee and Kang sparkle together” and compares the “highly stylized” “swimming in color” rom-com to Baz Lurhman’s career launching ballroom dancing delight Strictly Ballroom. The very talented director Christine Yoo and cast explain the unique production challenges they overcame in this “behind the scenes” video
The comedy explores both the charms and pitfalls of modern, Skype assisted courtship. Separated by the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeleno “Jason” (Tee) and his Korean sweetheart “Na Young” (Kang) develop their romance online and even get engaged over an elegant candle-lit dinner through their computers. Once they meet in person, the bride reveals an outrageous secret she never shared via webcam. Looking for love online is increasingly common. According to statisticbrain.com, 76% of single Americans (40 million people) have tried online dating. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that almost 35% of married couples now meet online.
The indie film has a global Facebook audience approaching 100,000 fans with over 500 Twitter followers joining the social media conversation each day. Director Christine Yoo says, “I can’t believe it. I’m spending my whole day answering people on Twitter. People are finding us from everywhere.”
Gravitas Ventures secured all digital rights to Wedding Palace last fall. According to Mia Bruno, Senior Acquisitions Manager, “It has all the ingredients that make for a success on our platform– it’s a romantic comedy that’s both genuinely romantic and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Wedding Palace is inviting lovers and friends to come together to watch the film and enter for a chance to win A Korean Kitchen cookbook by Hawaiian food celebrity Joan Namkoong, $250 iTunes gift card, and other fun Korean-themed prizes. Complete contest rules and entry form are posted on the rom-com’s official website where the film is now avaliable for both VOD & Download http://www.weddingpalacemovie.com/ The contest ends March 14th.
CONTEST SPONSORED BY Hite Jinro, Korea Tourism Organization, Mutual Publishing, GoGoGo Entertainment.
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