Award-winning indie drama opens in theaters August 18.
Heads up. Writer/director Justin Chon's acclaimed indie drama Gook opens in theaters on August 18.
Set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the film follows two Korean American brothers, Eli and Daniel, who run their late father's shoe store in a predominantly Black community. The pair strikes up a unique and unlikely friendship with a streetwise 11-year-old girl, Kamila. While Daniel has dreams of his own, Eli struggles to keep the family business afloat. But racial tensions in the neighborhood build to a breaking point, erupting into conflict that threatens their livelihood and tests the meaning of family.
Gook is a stunning, gut-punch of film, full of humor, heart and low-budget scrappiness. It also announces the arrival of one hell of a voice and vision — didn't I see Justin Chin butt naked in 21 & Over? — and revelatory performances from its supporting cast, including comedian David So as Daniel, newcomer Simone Baker as Kamila, and even a dramatic turn from Chon's own father.
In this exclusive clip from Gook, Eli and Kamila share a personal moment while the city burns in the distance: