First Teaser for Sundance Winner ‘Gook’ Brings a New Perspective to the L.A. Riots

Written by on April 28, 2017 

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Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section where it premiered, Justin Chon‘s 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. Specifically, it follows two Korean-American brothers who own and run a fledging shoe store. Ahead of a release this August, Samuel Goldwyn Films have now released the first teaser.

“Warts and all, Gook serves as a perfect example (and reminder) of why the NEXT Section at Sundance is well worth exploring and reviewing and reacting to, perhaps more than any other slate,” we said in our review. “Chon has a vision and a voice and a good story to tell, full of social relevance and fiery emotion. Something this energetic and cared for is hard to criticize all that much. It’s a film worth seeking out and telling others about.”

Check out the trailer below.

Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker). As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out.

Gook opens in August.


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