Gook (2017)

In 1992, two Korean-American brothers and director running a shoe store in South Central Los Angeles share a friendship with an 11-year-old black girl who likes hanging out with them. As news of the verdict in the beating case filters down… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 18, 2017
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2017
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: From its confrontational title to its striking cinematography, this raw cinematic gem uncompromisingly proves writer/director/actor Justin Chon is a filmmaker to watch.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Justin Chon looks at bigotry through the eyes of two Korean brothers in L.A.'s South Central in 1992. The result is hardass yet hypnotically beautiful.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Yes, it's uneven, but viewers who can forgive some of its shortcomings will be rewarded, and look forward to whatever Chon may come up with next.

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Richard James Havis
South China Morning Post

Stark and incisive, with many moments of levity, Gook offers a rare look at impoverished Americans trying to get on with their lives in impossible circumstances.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

The film isn't perfect - Mr. Chon's wild camera motions seem more undisciplined than electric - but it does find an angle on the riots that hasn't been seen much onscreen.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

At Gook's best, Chon captures, with sharply memorable dialogue, both the essence of his particular characters but also the broad drift of generations.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

The racial discussions happening throughout are far from simplistic or rudimentary, this fearless multidimensionality giving Chon's script an impressive edge that's invigorating.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Chon's tale is ... praiseworthy, from its beautiful cinematography (by Ante Cheng in her feature debut) to its take on infamous events from a fresh perspective.

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Inkoo Kang

Chon's dense, ambitious, and observant film is full of impressive craft and insight.

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Phil Villarreal
ABC Tucson

Works best in its slow, steady moments, which allow its characters to breathe and help the film's sense of time and place flower to life.

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