6.9/10 (IMDB)

Return to Seoul

1h 59m Drama
Return to Seoul
Return to Seoul


After an impulsive travel decision to visit friends, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. Freddie suddenly finds herself embarking on an unexpected journey in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new and unexpected directions.


Davy Chou


Park Ji-Min, Oh Kwang-rok, Guka Han






France, Germany, Belgium, South Korea


English, French, Korean

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  • "Park, acting for the first time, has a difficult task and rises to it. Long stretches of her performance are wordless, yet she brings deep empathy to the role."
    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Park conveys her [character's] wild and unpredictable range of emotions with dexterity that you wouldn't expect from a newcomer."
    - Arizona Republic
  • "Writer-director Davy Chou tackles a subject that is prominent, especially in South Korea, but virtually unknown to the rest of the world: adoption and what it means for the child stuck in the middle."
    - Reeling Reviews
  • "Chou's script was adapted from the real story of a young woman's difficult search for her own parents, and the director's style preserves a sense of documentary realism."
    - Spectrum Culture
  • "One of the more exciting, invigorating dramas to come along so far this year."
    - Globe and Mail
  • "Return to Seoul unfolds as one of the rare movies that feels thoughtful and observant every minute, without tidy summations of feeling."
    - Chicago Tribune
  • "With its ever-evolving protagonist, Return to Seoul defies neat categorization. It’s a low-budget character drama with the twists and turns of a high-octane thriller."
    - The Atlantic
  • "Return to Seoul deserves attention. It is a moving portrait of a troubled young woman facing what so many of us face during our lifetimes."
    - Screen Rant


  • Athens Int'l Film Festival
  • Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
  • QCinema Int'l Film Festival
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  • Belfast Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
  • Tokyo FILMeX


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Busan Int'l Film Festival
  • Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
  • Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
  • Vienna Int'l Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival