Movie Review: Happy Cleaners 2019
As a movie critic, I recently watched “Happy Cleaners,” and I must say that it is a heartwarming film that beautifully depicts the daily struggles and joys of an immigrant family.
The story revolves around the Choi family, who runs a dry cleaning business in Flushing, New York. The parents work tirelessly to provide for their two children while also trying to keep their cultural identity alive. Their son Kevin is pursuing his passion for music against his parents’ wishes, while their daughter Hyunny is struggling with her college applications.
The acting performances are outstanding as they breathe life into their characters. Yun Jeong (Mrs. Choi), Charles Ryu (Mr. Choi), Yeena Sung (Hyunny) and Donald Chang (Kevin) all delivered excellent performances that drew me in emotionally.
Director Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee take us on an emotional journey as they navigate through themes like identity crisis, generational gaps and the undying love of a family for each other.
I was especially impressed by the cinematography work that captured the beauty of New York City’s Korean district while also ensuring it didn’t overshadow or minimize any character’s journey.
Moreover, “Happy Cleaners” touches on issues such as racism against immigrants from Asian countries; however, despite facing challenges because of being an immigrant Korean family living in America, they never lose hope or determination to succeed.
Despite all its positives aspects, there are some negative parts too; one could argue that several plotlines were left unresolved and character development was insufficiently explored in some instances. But still overall Happy Cleaners offers an engrossing story with plenty of touching moments which will resonate with audiences long after watching it.
In conclusion, “Happy Cleaners” is refreshingly honest storytelling about family values and what truly matters most to us amidst challenges we face day-to-day in our lives as immigrants balancing between assimilation into American society or preserving one’s traditional cultural roots.” It’s a movie that had me invested in the characters and their struggles, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a poignant, emotional journey.
Release : 2019-05-11
Genre : Drama, Family
Runtime : 98
Home Page : http://koreanamericanstory.org/happy-cleaners-film/
Cast : Yeena Sung as Hyunny, Donald Chang as Danny
Happy Cleaners Trailer #1 (2021) | Movieclips Indie official trailer