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Wedding Palace DC Premier at Angelika Mosaic in Virginia!

Wedding Palace, by Korean American director Christine Yoo and starring Brian Tee and Kang Hye-jung, has debuted in Washington DC, currently showing at Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA through the end of October!

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Wedding Palace is an American and Korean wedding comedy for modern online lovers. Shot in Los Angeles and Seoul, Korea the film stars Brian Tee (Wolverine, The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and award winning Korean actress Kang Hye-jung (Oldboy, Welcome to Dongmakgol, Wife of Tablo) in her first American movie and English language debut. 
Wedding Palace is the 1st independent co-production feature film between the US and South Korea. Described by the New York Times as a Baz Luhrmann-like “Strictly Ballroom” stylized film, Wedding Palace is a comedy about the challenges of finding true love in the online age. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles’ Korea Town and in Seoul. Mainly in English with some Korean, Wedding Palace is live action with elements of animation. 


Enlivening the supporting cast are comedian-actors Bobby Lee (MADtv, Harold & Kumar), Stephen Park (Fargo, Snow Piercer, In Living Color) and Margaret Cho in a cameo as a Korean shaman who loves mojitos.
 
The film features a hip soundtrack of U.S. and Korean artists, including original music compositions from 5-time Grammy nominee David Benoit and from Korea, K-pop R&B crooner Kim Johan and rising indie band Peppertones. 
Wedding Palace marks the feature film debut of Christine Yoo, who directed, produced, and co-wrote the project. It took Yoo 11 long years to get the film made. Yoo and Wedding Palace were turned down by numerous studios and production companies in the US, citing a film with an all Asian American cast as impossible to market to US theater chains. But the script was always well received and got Yoo hired on Hollywood film and television projects as a writer, including the Samuel Jackson's animation franchise Afro Samurai. 
 
Yoo says what kept her fighting were her father's words she remembered from childhood: 'If you fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.'
 
With support from Korean and American businesses donating goods and services, and a modest production budget raised from private equity and grants from the Korean government, Yoo began shooting the U.S. part of the film in November 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis and finished shooting exactly 1 year later in Korea. The film was financed ‘pay-as-you-go’ and took 3 years to complete. 
Yoo is the first filmmaker to organize a co-production that integrates the US and Korean production systems. From Korea, Jonathan Hyoung Joon Kim (Silmido) served as executive producer. A promising talent with a unique style and vision, Yoo cites filmmakers Baz Lurhman, Wong Kar-wai, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen as having influenced her creatively in the making of Wedding Palace. 
 
Yoo's Hollywood mentor is Michael Shultz, director of classic comedies like Car Wash, Berry Gordy’s Last Dragon. She says, “Although I’m visually influenced by some foreign filmmakers, my sense of comedy is wholly mid-western. Growing up in the corn fields of Iowa, Saturday matinees were huge events, no less important than birthday parties at Happy Joe's Pizza Parlor followed up by afternoons at the roller rink.” For Yoo, Wedding Palace is an invitation to all Americans to have fun with their Asian neighbors.