It’s day one of the infamous 1992 Los Angeles riots, and Korean-American Eli already has a black eye and the word “gook” spray painted on the hood of his car. He and his brother Daniel arrive at their father’s failing shoe store to start another rough day in their predominantly black and Latino neighbourhood.
Beyond the graffiti, the brothers are constantly reminded they do not belong, with the exception of their unlikely friendship with a young black girl named Kamila, who often ditches school to find solace at the rundown store. When Kamila’s brother discovers that she’s spending time with Eli and Daniel, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
The day goes on with the Rodney King trial playing out continuously on television and the radio. After the verdict is announced, riots break out with violence and disorder threatening the neighbourhood. The trio of Eli, Daniel, and Kamila are forced to defend the shoe store as fire and smoke billow in the distance, gradually inching closer with inevitable chaos.
Following the screening at 5:15PM please join us at The Commons Lobby @ 401 Richmond for an extended Q&A with Gook Producer James J. Yi. This event is FREE and will be moderated by Hannah Sung.
Simone Baker, Justin Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr, David So
Justin Chon was born in Orange County, CA, and has worked as an actor for over 15 years. As a writer/director, his first feature film, Man Up, was distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment. He loves long walks on the beach and reading novels by candlelight.