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Justin Chon

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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. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Aug 24, 2017

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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Sep 14, 2017

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. – Guy Lodge, Variety, Feb 7, 2017

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. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Aug 17, 2017

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Customer Reviews

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.

Wrong portrayal

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.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2017

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