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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 & 9 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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Justin was 11 years old at the time of the Rodney King L.A. riots. 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 A Perfect World (1993) See more »

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Tragic story from a rough place and time
29 November 2017 | by Lugo1989See all my reviews

I believe Gook should not be overlooked. It is a film that will not leave you cold-hearted no matter what you think of it. It is set in Paramount, 1992 just before and during the riots in South Central, Los Angeles. The storyline is very simple but it never loses momentum or becomes dull. Not many films show what it was like there during those rough times since we so often only see the glamorous side of the city presented to us by the film industry. But not everything was and is always sunny in California.

The riots were fueled by the anger of people that the justice system failed. Some might say that there are too many stereotypes presented in the film whereas I think its goal was to depict to what extremes things can go where people find themselves stuck in a place that rarely offers an escape into brighter future and others only see them as lost causes and are left on their own. You can find good and bad people everywhere but unfortunately not everyone are equal which might cloud someone's perception of things.

I would recommended it if you are looking for something different, very well acted and gripping. The direction is good and the film works well in black and white. Do not read too many reviews prior to watching it, I think it stays more fresh that way..


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