“What followed the jury verdict in the Rodney King case was a tragic series of events for Los Angeles.” Filmed in black & white ‘Gook’ is a heartfelt film exploring families and relationships between Korean and African-American communities set during the 1992 LA Riots. 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.
“It’s getting crazy out there.” 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.
When hate divides hope remains. Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section where it premiered, ‘Gook’ takes an intriguing perspective when it comes to depicting Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, when the Rodney King verdict was handed out and the riots began. 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 and directed by Justin Chon. The film stars Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Sang Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr. and Ben Munoz. The film was released in theaters on August 18, 2017, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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