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About the Movie
GOOK follows two Korean American brothers, Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So), who 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Chon's sophomore feature wavers uncertainly in tone, getting a little too cute for comfort in spots, but is otherwise a lively, auspicious breakthrough.
Fresh: Chon's drama is uneven but bristling with life, and it offers a new perspective on a calamitous moment, one whose 25th anniversary has been commemorated in recent months with a slew of potent documentaries.
Beautiful, Moving, a Powerhouse
Saw this at Sundance, and the actors give powerhouse performances, especially Simone Baker as Kamilia--we're gonna be watching her act for years to come. The relationships between the characters feels so authentic and real, and the film just has such a unique voice and tremendous heart to it. I really loved this movie, and can't recommend it enough.
A Must See
Justin Chon did a great job directing his sophomore film. Plus he had a great cast with David and Simone to star alongside him. Though this is not my normal type of movie, I enjoyed it and would recommend for people to watch it. It shows that family is more than blood. Can't wait for more people to discover the film.
Horrible! Movie has a wrong portrayal of Asian being weak. What person would just lie there and take a beating wether it’s one on one or 3 on one.