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Gook (2017)

Unrated | | Drama | 19 January 2018 (Sweden)
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2 Korean American brothers run a shoe store in LA county. Their friend, black 11 y.o. Kamilla, drops in and helps. This day, the Rodney King verdict ignites the 1992 LA riots.

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Justin Chon

Writer:

Justin Chon
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Credited cast:
Simone Baker ... Kamilla
Justin Chon ... Eli
Curtiss Cook Jr. ... Keith
David So ... Daniel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirlew 'bliss' Vilbon Kirlew 'bliss' Vilbon ... Bliss
Chris Jai Alex ... Ray
Domenique Batiste Domenique Batiste ... Customer
Ignacio Bautista Ignacio Bautista ... Vato 2
Teaira T. Bryant Teaira T. Bryant ... Shoe Store Customer
Sang Chon Sang Chon ... Mr. Kim
Jeff Corbett ... Doctor
Terence Dickson Terence Dickson ... Rioter 2
Cesar Garcia ... Cesar
Xzavier Gray Xzavier Gray ... Tagger 2
Sharyn Grose Sharyn Grose ... Kamilla's Mom
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Storyline

Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family. Written by Anonymous

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A heartfelt film exploring families and relationships between Korean and African American communities set during the LA Riots

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Drama

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Director, writer, and lead actor Justin Chon wrote the role of Mr. Kim specifically for his father Sang Chon, but it took 3 months to convince his father to accept the role because of the nature of the film and the similarities to their own family history. See more »

Goofs

Eli's black eye is quite noticeable in some scenes while in others it is a mere shadow. See more »

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References A Perfect World (1993) See more »

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Unexpectedly Moving
13 January 2018 | by heejooyoonSee all my reviews

I picked this movie to watch because of the title of the movie. I knew 'gook' means something offensive to Asian people in English, but in Korean language, it's not an offensive word so it made me curious. This movie didn't grabbed my undivided attention in the beginning, but more and more into the story, I got so hooked. This movie made me laugh and cry both. I really enjoyed watching the film. Seeing the characters' connections to each other slowly being revealed as the riot got more heated in the story really built the drama. It was very rewarding film to watch. The acting in this film is crazy awesome. I'm so looking forward to see another film by the same artists again!! Please~~make more films!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$27,044, 20 August 2017

Gross USA:

$250,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,541
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