"A sensitively drawn account of the trials and tribulations of the immigration experience, and the first generation Korean-American millennials who struggle with their parent’s backgrounds, Happy Cleaners brings an objective focus to modern American city life."
"Happy Cleaners is about generational conflict, immigrant insecurity, and ultimately of how an immigrant family, despite everything, pulls together…. A film as delicately nuanced in its depiction of generations as the work of the Japanese master, Yasujirō Ozu."
"They tell the truth that they know, and while they create to give back to a small community of Korean Americans in Flushing, New York, by doing so, they end up touching hearts outside their hometown as well."
"Although others have told the story of children who have benefited from the sacrifices their parents made for them, but may feel repeating the same path as a waste of that freedom, Kim and Lee create a dynamic drama that feels fresh in exploring every angle with grace and nuance as the Chois are caught between the responsibility to each other and what’s best for their own personal growth, unsure of when is best to adhere to tradition or try something different."
"This is a film that has a glorious lived in quality. It’s a quality that comes not just from the people behind the cameras having lived the story but those in front . Everything in his film is nigh on perfect with the result is a film that will leave you moved."
"Gordon Yu’s skillfully gritty cinematography lends a realistic tone, stylistic approaches deliberately absent to fully convey the survivalist theme uniting the story’s two halves: the immigrant parents’ dream and sacrifice, and the differing dreams of their children in a challenging world."
"Surprisingly, one of the best parts of this film is its soundtrack....This movie, having no reliance on music in the story, uses music in a very interesting way to build the tone and pacing. With a less fitting accompaniment, the melodramatic elements easily could have become overwhelming.."