This tough, poignant American independent film portrays the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings against a pair of working-class Korean-American brothers and their African-American neighbors in an LA suburb. Gook, with its crazy and sharp, subtle and subtle memories, offers a rare look to the poor Americans in order to earn their lives on impossible conditions.
The opening letter “Gook” is a derogatory term for Southeast Asians and East Asians. Eli (Justin Chon) and Daniel (David So), two Korean-American siblings who direct the film and write the script, work hard at shoe shops for women working in an African-American neighborhood. The brothers are regularly beaten by both Blacks and Latinos.