2017, Justin Chon, USA, 94 min. With David So, Justin Chon, Simone Baker.
- Wed, Apr 12th 8:00pm
“Feels wholly alive in our present moment…hang-out comedy and nihilistic violence sit side by side.” — John Defore, Hollywood Reporter
“Compellingly immediate…alternating between bristling Spike Lee-style protest and the slacker sensibility of early Kevin Smith.” — Guy Lodge, Variety
Cannily contemporary in mood but set against the background of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, GOOK, winner of a Sundance Audience Award, unfolds one pivotal day in the lives of Korean American brothers Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So), owners of a grungy, failing discount shoe store in a neighborhood where they are barely tolerated as exploiting interlopers by customers who are poor, African American, and Latino. Director Chon creates a remarkable blend of grit and lyricism as the comedy of the brothers’ odd but easy-going hangout relationship with black eleven-year-old truant Kamille (Baker) slides into a dark, racially-charged scenario of searing tragedy. In English and Korean with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)