Winner of the NEXT Award at last year’s edition of Sundance, Gook is a film directed, written and starring Justin Chon. It is set in a multicultural L.A. roaring with racial tensions, exacerbated by the Rodney King case, an African American taxi driver who was brutally beaten by police officers and whose perpetrators ended up being acquitted of all charges by the judge. The story unfolds during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, an event that is used to provide a temporality and a socio-historical background to the narrative.
Entirely shot in black and white, Chon’s second feature portrays the unique relationship between two Korean-American twentysomethings and an Afro-American tween girl. The tragic events that occurred in 1992 burst eventually into this fiction as part of the storyline and give a sense of realism and veracity to the plot throughout the film. The unfolding story is meant as an obvious tribute to the communities that were most affected by these incidents. It also unveils the kind of atrocities and injustices that were unfortunately committed at that time.
Tuesday 6th 20:00 – Phenomena (Only with invitation)
2017: Audience Award – Sundance Next
2017: Zurich Film Festival
2017: Seattle International Film Festival
2017: Munich Film Festival
2018: Someone to Watch Award – Independent Spirit Awards
Runtime: 95 min
Direction: Justin Chon
Screenplay: Justin Chon
Cinematography: Ante Cheng
OST: Roger Suen
Cast: Simon Baker, Justin Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr., David So
Subtitles: Gonzalo Iturregui Gallardo