We hate slang. Why? Often times it is associated with an ethnic group and often times that slang terminology has a negative connotation. So, is Gook a negative term?
Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women’s shoe store, have an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old Kamilla. On the first day of the 1992 L.A. riots, the trio must defend the store while contemplating the meaning of family and thinking about personal dreams and the future.
Unlike most of the films that have attacked the issue of the LA Riots, Gook is not shoving an ideology down your throat or taking any sides in the issue. Justin Chon is simply telling the story from the point of view of three individuals and how this event colored all of their lives that day in 1992.
Shot in black and white, it was refreshing to see someone addressing the stereotypes often associated with their culture from their own vantage point. A technique often illustrated beautifully in the films of such filmmakers as Justin Simien (Dear White People), Spike Lee and John Singleton. Obviously, the torch has been passed and now seen through a very welcomed yet different lens.
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Gook hits theaters in limited release on August 18th. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Justin Chon about his journey to becoming the Asian Sean Penn, David So and his collaboration with Kevin Hart’s L.O.L. network and Simone Baker about her many aspirations before setting on becoming an actress, not to mention some major Easter eggs that rolled out about this extraordinarily prolific flick…
INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN CHON
SIMONE BAKER INTERVIEW
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SO