GOOK – A Film by Justin Chon [TRAILER & LAAPFF Photos]

12 Jul, 2017

Sundance award-winning feature film “GOOK” – A film by Justin Chon, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for the Next section this past January has been lauded by critics and audiences for the actor/director/writer Justin Chon (TWILIGHT; REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS) and for the break out performance of newcomer – 11 year-old – Simone Baker in the lead role as Kamilla. Read our exclusive interview with Justin from the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on the 25th Anniversary of the LA riots.

View photos from the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival screening and after party:

Watch the GOOK trailer:

Chon’s film takes place on April 29, 1992 – the day the LA riots started and the day the Rodney King verdicts were announced. Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers played by Justin Chon and David So, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a streetwise 11 year old African American girl played by new actress Simone Baker, ditches school to hang out with them. Thus, creating their own “family.” Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.

With the ongoing discussions of race in America today, GOOK is that dialogue starter asking the question where are we now, even 25 years later.

See GOOK in theaters at the following venues:

Friday, August 18th , 2017
In Los Angeles, CA at the Arclight Hollywood and Regal LA LIVE Stadium

Friday, August 25, 2017
In New York, NY at the Regal Union Square 14
In Anaheim, CA at the Edwards Anaheim Hills 14
In Berkeley, CA at the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
In San Francisco, CA at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
In San Diego, CA at the Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
In Washington DC at the Regal Majestic 20 & IMAX
In Atlanta, GA at the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 & IMAX
In Honolulu, HI at the Regal Theaters Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX
In Las Vegas, NV at the Regal Village Square Stadium 18
In Portland, OR at the Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
In Houston, TX at the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX
In Seattle, WA at the Regal Meridian 16
In Irvine, CA at the Edwards University Town Center 6

About the author

Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style blogger for New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger, designer, digital, online & social media marketer possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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