Gook (2017)


Critic 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.


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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 during the day, their livelihood is upended when riots break out and everything they've built in the community is threatened by violence and looting.

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A punchy, freewheeling movie set around the LA riots, shot in black-and-white, with something of Spike Lee's style.

Mar 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 24, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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