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KIM’S VIDEO Trailer: The Iconic Cult Video Store and Its Legacy Are Honored in New Documentary


Just two years after its resurrection in Lower Manhattan’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the story of Kim’s Video is ready to be released to the world! David Redmon and Ashley Sabin co-direct this documentary that profiles Yongman Kim and the rise and fall of his NYC-based video store that was known for its wide selection of cult films. Among its past employees are Alex Ross Perry, Todd Phillips, Robert Greene, Sean Price Williams, Kate Lyn Sheil, and more. But the mystery at the film’s center is where the 55,000 films ended up, bringing the documentary to strange and unexpected heights. After premiering at Sundance 2023, Drafthouse Films has picked it up for an April 5 release and the trailer for it has now arrived!

In its review, HtN wrote “Kim’s Video is an endlessly enjoyable and nostalgic tribute to both movies and physical media. Redmon’s journey raises the question of how far we are willing to go for something we are truly, madly, deeply devoted to. His use of the camera puts immerses the viewer in his experiences and we are pulled along this wild ride of discovery. Both he and his co-director Ashley Sabin have also made a very humanistic profile of Yongman Kim and his venturesome efforts to make the kinds of films you wouldn’t have found in Blockbuster within reach. His presence connects with the viewer and makes you feel as if you’re hearing from a wise old man sharing his percipience. Through this quest of finding a new home for Kim’s collection, it gives the hopeful possibility that maybe the old ways of watching films are not really dead, and that a resurrection may be near.”

Check out the official trailer below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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