Gook

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USA | 2017 | 94 minutes | Justin Chon

Two Korean brothers spend the day hanging out in their father’s South Central shoe shop on the first day of the 1992 Rodney King riots in a racially charged indie comedy that blends the social commentary of Spike Lee with the visual and comedic style of Clerks.

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Set on the first day of the Los Angeles riots in 1992, Gook gives us a glimpse into the lives of two Asian-American brothers, Eli and Daniel, as they run their father's shoe shop. In their neighborhood of Paramount, bordering East Compton, racial tensions run high among Asians, African Americans, and Latinos. The brothers' unlikely friendship with a young black girl named Kamila who hangs around the shop is another point of contention, drawing the attention of her older brother, who blames the Asian community for the violent death of their mother. As the day goes on, different facets of the community are connected through the ongoing Rodney King trial and subsequently shocking verdict, which plays out on the television and the radio. News of riots and looting in South Central L.A. spread like wildfire, creating chaos in the neighborhood and providing a forceful backdrop for the film's emotional climax. Director Justin Chon also wrote and stars in this mesmerizing reflection of the sociopolitical climate in L.A. in the early '90s. With its entirely diverse cast, racially charged themes, and slacker sensibility, Gook is not afraid to be confrontational, and doesn't lose itself to its influences (among them Kevin Smith's Clerks and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing); rather, Chon's poignant second feature stands proudly on its own two feet.

Director Biography

Justin Chon is a well-known actor, famous for his roles in the Twilight series (2008-12) and the TV series "Just Jordan" (2007-08). Gook is his second feature film.

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  • Director: Justin Chon
  • Principal Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr., Sang Chon, Ben Munoz
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Alex Chi, James J. YI
  • Screenplay: Justin Chon
  • Cinematographers: Ante Cheng
  • Editors: Rooth Tang, Reynolds Barney
  • Music: Roger Suen
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (Audience Award, NEXT)
  • Filmography: Man Up (2015)
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  • International Sales: Cinetic Media