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Gook (2017)

Unrated | | Drama | 19 January 2018 (Sweden)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Justin Chon

Writer:

Justin Chon
6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Гук See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,044, 20 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$250,130, 12 October 2017
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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In multiple scenes throughout the film, you can see a mic taped under the shirts of various actors. See more »

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References Boyz n the Hood (1991) See more »

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Didn't quite do it for me
18 January 2018 | by kimura-toyoSee all my reviews

Watched this movie on a plane. Was intrigued since I am Asian and grew up during the L.A. riots. This movie didn't quite do it for me. The pace was too slow. Dialogue was a lot of frustrated yelling and awkward silence. If the director's intent was to make you feel character's pain and struggles, I will give him that. Plot was predictable, and although the characters did a good job displaying their full emotions on screen, it was difficult to get attached to any of them. I wasn't a fan of the black and white either, which added to my impatience in wanting the movie to end.


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