CAST: Simone Baker, Justin Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr. DIRECTOR: Justin Chon TCC DIVERSITY FILM SERIES
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.
Now with Gook, Chon combines his innate talent for building immediately likable and relatable characters with natural chemistry amongst his cast to tell a more socially substantive story.Oktay Ege Kozak, Paste Magazine
Chon's dense, ambitious, and observant film is full of impressive craft and insight.Inkoo Kang, TheWrap
At Gook's best, Chon captures, with sharply memorable dialogue, both the essence of his particular characters but also the broad drift of generations.Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice