Canada2022117 minutesEnglish, Korean with English subtitles Drama, Family

Set in the 1990s, South Korean immigrant and single mother So-young looks to make a fresh start in a West Coast Canadian suburb with her son Dong-hyun. Despite encountering the challenges of immigrant life at every step, they try their best to fit in at school and at work. As the angstful Dong-hyun grows up and grows apart from his mother, events propel them to deal with unspoken truths from the past.  

 A deeply personal second feature from writer-director-actor Anthony Shim, Riceboy Sleeps features dynamic performances from Seung-yoon Choi and Ethan Hwang as So-young and Dong-hyun, respectively. Their performances are enabled by precise but organic 16 mm compositions by Shim and cinematographer Christopher Lew. A commanding performance of Canadian film, Riceboy Sleeps is epic yet intimate, and ambitious yet simple in its truths that belonging is more important than fitting in.  

- Aram Siu Wai Collier


Seung-yoon Choi
Ethan Hwang
Dohyun Noel Hwang
Anthony Shim


Toronto International Film Festival, 2022
Busan International Film Festival, 2022

Director Bio

Anthony Shim is a Canadian actor and director, based in Vancouver. His films include Daughter (2019) and Riceboy Sleeps (2022).

9 Nov, 2022 7:00 pm

The screening for Riceboy Sleeps will be shown at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This screening has now gone to rush.



Rated PG

Content warning: Racist language/situations, sexist language/situations, drug use, mental illness



This film is presented with open captions.

First 50 tickets made free with the generous support of:

Opening Night Gala Sponsors

Q&A with Director and Guests

Following the screening we will have a special Q&A with director Anthony Shim and actors Seung Yoon Choi and Ethan Hwang.

Opening Night Gala Party

Join us for our Opening Night Gala Party after the RICEBOY SLEEPS screening at CLIO. Only $10 at the door or free for badgeholders & ticketholders of the Opening Night Gala Screening. See you there!

10PM-12AM at CLIO

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