Riceboy Sleeps | BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023 | BREC

Riceboy Sleeps (M)

Run Time 117 mins
Ticket Prices From $12-$19
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Presented By BREC

Canada | English / Korean with Subtitles | Drama, Family | 117 Mins

M: Mature themes, coarse language and sexual references
Director: Anthony Shim
Cast: Choi Seung-yoon, Ethan Hwang, Dohyun Noel Hwang

BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023

View Sessions
20 July 2023
5:00 pm
23 July 2023
11:30 am
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Riceboy Sleeps (M)

So-young is a Korean single mother raising her adolescent son Dong-hyun in the suburbs of Canada during the 90s. Determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind in her native country, she does her best to overcome the constant racial and cultural challenges that confront them. As Dong-hyun gets older, he becomes increasingly curious about his Korean heritage and in particular, about his deceased father – a topic that So-young refuses to address.

Instead, she is set on continuing to build on her new life which now includes a relationship with a kind Korean-Canadian man who is eager to take on the role of Dong-hyun’s surrogate father. This only exacerbates the tense relationship between her and Dong-hyun. Then, sudden devastating news prompts the mother and son to return to South Korea for the first time since their initial departure with hopes of reconnecting to their roots and reconciling their tragic past.

‘The tender bond between a mother and her son underpins a poignant coming-of-age story in Riceboy Sleeps. …an affectionate, sharply-observed portrait of family life addressing wider issues of cultural identity, belonging and the challenges of the immigrant experience in 1990s Canada.
Alan Hunter, Screen Daily

‘A familiar immigrant song sung in such an elegant, sincere voice that it feels like a whole new arrangement.’
Jessica Kiang, Variety

‘This is a tender, ambitious, meticulous and deeply empathetic work.’
Barry hertz, Globe and Mail

BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023


Full: $19.00
Concession/Student: $17.00
Under 18: $12.00
Group 8: $14.00


Full Cinesaver (Book 11): $176
Full Cinesaver Concession (Book 11): $154
Mini Cinesaver (Book 5): $85
Mini Cinesaver Concession (Book 5): $75

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