Starring: Brian Tee, Kang Hye-Jung,
Bobby Lee, Margaret Cho,
Stephen Park, Joy Osmanski,
Jean Yoon, June K. Lu, Charles
Kim, Nancy J. Lee, Kelvin Han
Yee, Young Joo Ko, Peter Kim
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: GoGoGo Entertainment
Director: Christine Yoo
Executive Producer: Jonathan Kim
Producer: Christine Yoo
Writer: Christine Yoo
Address Comments To:Christine Yoo, CEO
Phone: (323) 319-6091
The story opens almost 30 years ago. Young Korean-American Jason Kim is being given a birthday party by his family. A Korean custom at the first birthday is to put various items before the child and let him choose, which determines what he will be in life. One-year-old Jason doesn’t choose the money, rice bow, or any of the other items on the table. Instead, he looks in the purse next to the table and pulls out a maxi pad. Then, the whole family and the family shaman decide that his choice must be the family “curse.” They now fear that, if Jason doesn’t marry before his 30th birthday, he will die.
Now, almost 30 years later, Jason’s mother, father and family try to marry him off. He even gets to the altar, but some unexpected events turn everything upside down and he ends up in the hospital.
Jason has to leave Los Angeles for business in Korea while his mother continues her matchmaking efforts. Jason finds a pleasant surprise in Korea. He meets a young woman named Na and there is definite chemistry between them. Jason has to return to Los Angeles, but he and Na promise to keep in touch via email and phone. As they do just that, they fall completely in love, and Jason proposes over the Internet.
The family is happy. Na flies out to Los Angeles, but Na turns out to be much shorter in height than Jason realized, because he only saw her sitting down while in Korea. Once again, the family is in an uproar, and Jason has to make some decisions about his life and love.
The characters in WEDDING PALACE are hilarious and well developed, as is the storyline. The dialogue has good comedic timing and pacing. In terms of camera shots and special effects, WEDDING PALACE creatively conceals the actual height of the new girlfriend until the perfect opportune moment. There are mini animation sequences that deliver both the history of Jason’s family curse and comedy to keep the story from dragging or bogged down with exposition. Music has a prominent role in the movie as well. In fact, Jason even dreams of he and Na performing a music video together.
However, the whole movie comes down to the breaking of a centuries-old curse against the protagonist and his family. Although the hero doesn’t believe in the curse, he plays along with the idea out of respect for his parents. Also, the ending suggests the curse is real because the hero’s actions seem to actually break the curse. The movie’s plot also contains visits from the family’s goofy shaman. The shaman connects with the spirit world and the hero’s ancestor. She also connects with the demon sent to curse the family. In fact, the demon speaks through her at one point.
The pagan superstition and occult content in WEDDING PALACE are thoroughly unacceptable and abhorrent.
WEDDING PALACE is very funny. The characters and storyline are well developed. However, there’s a lewd sex scene and other off-color moments. Also, though the hero doesn’t believe the family curse, he plays along with it out of respect to his parents. Worse, the movie shows that the family curse is apparently real when the hero’s actions at the end seem to remove the curse. The pagan, occult worldview in WEDDING PALACE is abhorrent and unacceptable.