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Reception Honoring Christine Yoo, Korean-American filmmaker

Reception Honoring Christine Yoo, Korean-American filmmaker

Produced by GoGoGo Entertainment, Wedding Palace is the award winning feature film debut by Christine Yoo. The first independent co-production of film between the USA and South Korea, Wedding Palace is the Korean-American ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”  The film was shot on location in Los Angeles’ vibrant Korea Town community and Seoul, Korea. The film is in English with incidental Korean; live-action with elements of animation. Starring Brian Tee (The Fast & The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift; Crash TV series) and award winning actress from South Korea, Kang Hye-jung (Old Boy, Cannes Grand Jury Prize Winner), who makes her English language debut here. Comedians Bobby Lee (Madtv), Stephen Park (Fargo) and Margaret Choenliven the supporting cast.  The film score includes original musical compositions from 5-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist David Benoit, (Charlie Brown ‘Peanuts’), along with music from popular Korean R&B singer, Kim Johan (formerly of Solid) and from Korea’s indie music scene,  Peppertones.  

Prior to making “Wedding Palace,” Yoo worked as afreelance writer and editor for more than a decade in features, television andcommercials. Highlights include writing the hit anime series “Afro Samurai”starring Samuel L. Jackson for FujiTV/Spike TV. Yoo comes to filmmaking with abackground in music, as a competitive pianist and fine art. Currently, Yoo isdeveloping a commercial directing reel. Yoo served as a judge for the White House Asian American PacificIslander Initiative (AAPII) 2011 video challenge, “What’s Your Story?” Yoo also was selected to represent AsianAmericans in Hollywood at the first ever White House AAPII NationalPhilanthropy Briefing in the arts & culture forum in April 2012.    

May 4, 2012
by Yvonne Kim