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SEOUL MATES (Director's Cut)

Alice, a Filipino transwoman, decided to go after her boyfriend Jason in Korea. She never heard much from Jason since the guy went there to study. Alice planned a surprised visit only to find Jason living with his new girlfriend Suyong, a Korean woman whom Jason met and fell in love with. Devastated and depressed, Alice planned to kill herself by jumping off in the bridge where she would meet Joon.

Joon, a Korean musician was on the same bridge and attempting to kill his self. A free loader at home, his parents kept pressuring him to find a more decent job than music and a potential girlfriend to settle with. But what really pushed Joon to end his life was the news of his one, true love getting engaged to someone else. Heartbroken and wasted, he went off to the bridge but he never expected that a woman of different race would mess up with his plan of suicide.

Two broken hearts crossed their paths and started picking up their fallen pieces together. But the attempt to get whole again was disturbed by the realizations that the important missing piece of themselves was left there from their past. Instead of getting into a new relationship, they decided to become allies in this wicked attempt to get back their true loves. Their lives made a quick turn and it brought them to events that they never expected...

  • Nash Ang
  • Uel Ceballos
  • Hoseon Lee
    Three Pines Entertainment
  • Ronald Arguelles
    Creative Programs, Inc
  • Chungil Lee
  • Gil Hizon
    Musical Director
  • Matt Stewart
  • Marti Salva
  • Juhong Min
    Assistant Directors
  • Dos Ocampo
    Assistant Directors
  • Mimi Juareza
    Quick Change
  • Jisoo Kim
    Glory Day
  • Jiwon Cha
  • RC Eusebio
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    서울메이트 (한국편)
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  • Genres:
    Romance, Comedy, Drama, LGBT, Queer, Interracial
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Korean
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Director Biography - Nash Ang

Nash Ang is one of the 2011 Ani ng Dangal for Cinema grantee in the Philippines for upholding Filipino artistic excellence in the international film scene. He won the best film in the 1st South East Asian Documentary Awards 2010 in Thailand. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition 2010 in South Korea and the 1st Place Winner of the Asian Development Bank's My View Video Competition 2011. In 2012, he bagged the best director award 13th Pyongyang International Film Festival, North Korea. Recently, he won 1st prize on the 2015 Mirvac Short Film Festival held in Australia.

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Director Statement

During my first few months in South Korea, I had a chat with a gay Filipino man dressing up as a woman. He has had several male Korean lovers who didn't know he was a man until they broke up. That's the idea that inspired me to make "Seoul Mates”

Through its romantic comedy LGBT theme, we see the main character’s struggle finding her place in a society she is not familiar with. I would like to show that not all true love is worth dying for. If you are just focusing on a thing that you cannot change no matter how you force it, there are better things and opportunities that you will miss. Move on and live life positively.