The movie

Riceboy Sleeps (English Subtitles)

Set in the 90s, a Korean single mother raises her young son in the suburbs of Canada determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind.

Length: 117 min
Country: Canada
Language spoken: Engels, Koreaans
Language subtitles: English
Cast: Ethan Hwang, Choi Seung-Yoon, Dohyun Noel Hwang, Anthony Shim, Hunter Dillon
Director: Anthony Shim
Release date: 17/08/2023


Single mother So-Young (Choi Seung-yoon) raises her teenage son Dong-Hyun (Ethan Hwang) in the suburbs of a Canadian city. Although she is constantly confronted with cultural challenges, she is convinced that life there has more to offer than in South Korea. But Dong-Hyun is becoming more and more curious about his Korean heritage and, in particular, about his late father. When they return to South Korea after some unexpected news, they finally get back in touch with their roots—and face the past traumas that need confronting...

‘A graceful, moving immigrant drama lit by a mother’s love… Writer-director Anthony Shim's delicate, precise approach makes a familiar story of immigrant exile glimmer with insight and feeling.’—Jessica Kiang, Variety