Gook
2017 | USA | NR | 94 min.
Showings
City Opera HouseSat, Jul 29 12:00 PM Not Available  
 
Film Info
Section:US Fiction
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Release Year:2017
Runtime:94 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Justin Chon
Produced by:Alex Chi
James J. Yi
Screenwriter:Justin Chon
Cinematography:Ante Cheng
Editing By:Reynold Barney
Rooth Tang
Cast:Justin Chon
Simone Baker
David So
Curtiss Cook Jr.
Sang Chon
Description
As America recognizes the 25th anniversary of the LA riots, revisit that moment in history from a perspective you’ve never seen before. In writer/director/star Justin Chon’s sophomore feature, the friendship between two Korean-American brothers and an 11-year-old African-American girl is tested when they’re trapped in the brothers’ struggling South Central shoe store while the riots erupt around them. As the barbed title implies, Chon isn’t afraid to tackle prejudice head-on, but he does so with remarkably endearing good humor—this is a film that makes its social justice underpinnings known, but also makes time for a little karaoke to Hall & Oates. Winner of the NEXT Audience Award at Sundance, Chon’s starkly beautiful black-and-white imagery draws from his childhood memories, and the result is a stunning portrait that mixes the in-your-face sensibilities of early Spike Lee with the slacker charm of Kevin Smith. It marks the arrival of a bold new voice in American cinema, and it’s truly something to see.

PRE-SHOW MUSIC BY
Angela Josephine (Sat)
Michelle Held (Sun)

SPONSORED BY
Pete & Sandy Hinz (Sat)
The Wilson Family and Rainbow Rehabilitation Center (Sun)
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