Liquor Store Dreams

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Growing up a daughter of Korean immigrants who ran a liquor store in South Los Angeles, Director So Yun Um has never seen eye-to-eye with her father on anything—especially not her career choices. Although his liquor store has provided her financial stability to dream big, there is tension between father and daughter, including around the complicated past their Korean culture and store have within the Black community. 

Danny Park, in contrast, is drawn back toward home. In the wake of his father’s passing, he quits his dream job at Nike and returns to Los Angeles to help his mother run the family store on Skid Row, where he dreams of uniting the Black and Korean communities at his store. 

Liquor Store Dreams is a portrait of two second-generation Korean Americans trying to create their own future by honoring, understanding, and healing their parents’ past.

Liquor Store Dreams is a participant of Project: Hatched 2023.



Director So Yun Um stands on a beige background in an all-Black outfit. Black and white headshot.So Yun Um (she/her) is a Korean American director and producer born and based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut documentary feature film, Liquor Store Dreams, made its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. Her work has screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, BFI London, and more. Um is a 2022-2023 BAFTA Breakthrough USA participant and 2021 CAAM fellow.




Producer Eddie Kim wears a white shirt against a purple background. Black and white portrait.Eddie Kim (he/him) is a filmmaker, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles, and he is a believer in creating stories that amplify underserved voices. Eddie has deep experience in producing original series for digital media and television. His work has been featured on The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The View, Billboard, Hypebeast, and more.