United States | 2017 | Justin Chon
Don’t be put off by the confrontational title. Gook is a good-natured film that looks at the 1992 L.A. Riots through Asian American eyes. It focuses on two Korean American brothers who are trying to keep their family-owned, inner-city shoe store afloat, and on an 11-year-old African American girl who hangs out there. Gentle and even goofy at times, this low-budget b&w gem, a Sundance prizewinner, evokes such indie landmarks as Clerks and Do the Right Thing. “Artful…Pulses with yearning and sorrow and love for its characters.” –L.A. Times. DCP. 94 min.
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