Sundance L.A. Riots Drama 'Gook' Nabbed by Samuel Goldwyn

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Justin Chon wrote, directed and stars in the black-and-white feature set on the first day of the L.A. riots.

Samuel Goldwyn films has picked up the North American rights to the Sundance stand-out Gook.

From writer-director-star Justin Chon, Gook follows two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly black community in Los Angeles. While they are grappling with their own futures, racial tensions in the community surrounding their store build to a breaking point as the L.A. riots break out.

David So and newcomer Simone Baker also star in the film, shot in black and white. 

The Hollywood Reporter's Sundance review reads: "Fest and art house auds should respond warmly, but a distrib who can get the word out to mainstream Asian-American moviegoers could carry the very accessible film further than that."

James J. Yi and Alex Chi produced the project. Jin Lee, Eugene Lee, Pierre Delachaux, Sam Chi, Maurice Chen, Ian Choe, David Joe Kim, Gigi Tsui Kim, Raymond Kou, Nathan Kwong, Kirstin Bianchi, Jason Kim, James Sereno, Edwin Oh, John Nahm, Dennis Kwon, Naja Pham Lockwood, Jason Morales, Alan Pao, Brian Shin, Blaine Vess, Alex Bowles, Rich Young Jr. and Datari Turner executive produced.

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.