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West 32nd


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Product Details

  • Actors: John Cho
  • Directors: Michael Kang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JT6ALI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "West 32nd" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

West 32nd takes the cameras inside New York's gritty Korean underworld. After hustling his way onto a homicide case, attorney John Kim (John Cho, this summer's blockbuster Star Trek, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Better Luck Tomorrow) finds himself thrust into a sordid world of hard realities and moral compromises after he is taken under the wing of a ruthless Korean gangster who knows no limits.

Customer Reviews

John Cho was great.
Nina Ninja
Visually, the film is beautiful, and while the plot becomes a bit didactic in points, overall I think director Kang managed to pull it off with style.
Zack Davisson
I'd never seen him before but I can see why he's a popular star in Korea as he was very charismatic.
C. Kim

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Kim on October 24, 2009
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I loved Michael Kang's "The Motel" so when I found out he was making a Korean-American gangster film set in NYC I had to see it (went to both the Tribeca and Pusan Film Festivals). The darker, film-noir style of this movie is nothing like the cute and touching The Motel. The main actors, John Cho, Grace Park, Jun-Seong Kim and Jane Kim gave great performances, and Lanny Joon was hysterical as the 2nd-in-command gang leader (he's been on TV shows like Numb3rs, CSI:Las Vegas, and ep 7 of Lost: The Complete Fourth Season).

I learned at the Film Festivals that this movie was co-written by Edmund Lee when he was at "The Village Voice." You can tell as there are details in the movie that hint at investigative journalism.

It was refreshing to see John Cho and Grace Park in roles outside of what they might be best known for, namely: "Sulu" in the recent Star Trek, "Harold" in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Unrated Extended Edition), and "Sharon Valerii" in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. For those of you who follow Korean dramas, Jung Joon-Ho (Last Scandal) makes a cameo appearance.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nina Ninja on September 25, 2009
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I saw this three times when it was on the festival circuit. Definitely recommend!

John Cho was great. So were some of the breakout actors like Lanny Joon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dutchprincess on March 4, 2010
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West 32nd
I got to know about W32nd by a friend from New York.
The movie gives a fascinating insight about Koreans in New York, different from the usual known hard working and studying Koreans with the 'good' behaviour, or at least not disturbing society. Some of the scenes are recognizable and funny.
The American-Korean production is interesting too and I look forward to Michael Kang's next movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2010
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"West 32nd" is director Michael Kang's second film, after the award-winning debut film The Motel. Whereas "The Motel" was a heart-warming and sometimes funny slice-of-life drama, "West 32nd" is completely different in tone, being a gritty crime drama that goes into one of the darker corners of New York.

The film begins with John Kim (John Cho), an upwardly mobile young lawyer assigned to work a pro bono case defending a teenager who is accused of murder of the owner of a Hostess Club in New York's Korean district. Kim was selected by his law firm in the hopes of generating good will and future business with New York's Korean community. Once inside this closed society, however, Kim is forced to confront the fact that although he is racially Korean, he is not ethnically Korean and is more at home sipping cocktails with his lawyer friends than he is in societies where Korean is spoken and the culture is maintained.

Kim befriends a gangster, Mike Juhn, who he sees as someone not so different from himself, and maybe what Kim might have become if he had been raised with closer ties to Korea. Juhn introduces Kim to the seedier elements of the society, and Kim becomes seduced by the danger and excitement of the criminal world. Meanwhile, his client's older sister Lili (Grace Park) tries to keep Kim on task even offering some hope of future romance, but Lili seems to have some hidden agenda as well.

Much of the appeal for "West 32nd" comes from the pairing of its two lead actors, John Cho (Harold from
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